Friday, December 6, 2013

Gov. McDonnell sets Special Election date for Sen. Northam’s seat

Lt. Governor-elect Ralph Northam

Lt. Governor-elect Ralph Northam

Governor Bob McDonnell has set January 7th, 2014 as the date for the special election to fill the seat of Senator Ralph Northam, who was elected lieutenant governor and is resigning from the Senate effective January 11th.  Governor McDonnell previously announced that the special election to fill Delegate Onzlee Ware’s seat in House District 11 will also be held on January 7th.

“The 6th district of Virginia has greatly benefited from Senator Ralph Northam’s representation over the last five years,” said Governor McDonnell. “Ralph will now go on to serve all Virginians as lieutenant governor when he succeeds my great friend Bill Bolling.  In light of the 2014 General Assembly Session beginning on January 8th, it is critical that we quickly fill this vacancy, as well as the vacancy in the 11th House District following the retirement of Delegate Onzlee Ware, to ensure that voters are represented as soon as practicable.  Therefore, I have called this election for January 7th.”

Del. Lynwood Lewis Jr., D-Accomac prevailed in a primary and will face Republican Wayne Coleman, chairman of CV International Group of Norfolk. If Delegate Lewis wins another special election will be held for his seat.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2013, Election 2014, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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