Brian Patton says here that Russell County attorney Linda Tiller is said to be the Republican candidate to run against Del. Phillips. I know Ms. Tiller a little bit from a case way back when.
If my memory is correct, some years back, her husband Jerry Tiller ran as an independent in the Commonwealth's Attorney's race in Russell County, which surely didn't help the Republican candidate, who is now a federal magistrate judge. I never did hear what all that was about. Was that ten years ago? I can't remember.