Andy Wahlquist, who was once a television reporter for Channel 4 in Salt Lake City, announced this week that he will seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Virginia.

Wahlquist, a University of Utah graduate, worked at Channel 4 until 1965 and came to Washington in 1972. He worked as administrative assistant to Sen. John Warner, R-Va., from 1979 until 1986, when he left the Senate to set up his own public relations firm. He has not run for public office before.Virginia Republicans will choose their Senate candidate in a statewide convention June 11. The seat is now held by Sen. Paul Trible, R-Va., who is not seeking re-election. Ex-Virginia Gov. Charles Robb is running as the Democrat in the race and is heavily favored.

Wahlquist said he knows the race will be a tough one but said he did not want to "let anyone have an open ride" to the Senate.

He plans to make his issue the Democrats' control of the Senate, and the leadership positions that control gives to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and other liberal Democrats.

At Channel 4 Wahlquist did "People in the News," "Weekend News," and "Teenage Debate," among other programs.