Virginia state Del. Morgan Griffith has officially filed to run against Rep. Rick Boucher, officially giving Republicans another pickup opportunity.

From the Roanoke Times:

State Del. Morgan Griffith’s campaign for Congress became official this morning when the Salem Republican filed as a candidate for the GOP nomination in the 9th Congressional District.

Griffith said he sent a letter and $500 filing fee this morning that will make him a candidate for the Republican nomination, which will be decided at a May 22 convention. Griffith already had formed a federal campaign committee and has been lining up support from party leaders in the sprawling district.

The Republican nominee chosen at the convention will take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D- Abingdon, who has held the seat since 1983. Griffith lives just outside of the 9th District, which stretches from the Southwest Virginia coalfields to Roanoke County. But he does not have to live in the district to run.

Salem could well become part of the 9th when the General Assembly reapportions congressional districts next year.