With Virginia’s never-ending election cycle, next on tap are some special elections.
January 6 is the date of the special election to fill the seat in the 81st House of Delegates district, made vacant by the resignation of Terrie Suit. The Virginian Pilot today reports that one of the candidates who previously expressed interest, Chesapeake school board member Harry Murpuhy, will not seek the seat. That still leaves four Republicans in the hunt. I have heard that a canvass for the republican nomination has been set for November 29. No Democrats have stepped forward. The district covers part of Chesapeake and part of Virginia Beach. While it appears that Warner won this district with about 58% of the vote, Obama lost it, indicating how difficult it could be for a Democratic candidate.
The date has not been set for the special election in the 70th House District, a seat made available by the election of Del. Dwight Jones as mayor of Richmond. I would expect that the date will be the same as the 81st district, given the need to fill this seat prior to the opening of the General Assembly session. A couple of names have been mentioned as possible candidates, including Richmond council Vice President Delores Quinn and the mayor-elect’s son.
The elevation of Norfolk Commonwealth’s attorney Jack Doyle to the bench has opened up that seat. According to The Pilot, the date for that special election has been set for March 10. The only announced candidate in that race is Democrat Greg Underwood.
UPDATE: And there are more special elections coming around the state. From the comments:
There will also be a special election in Fairfax County for Chairman of the BOCS, which is necessitated by the Conolly win on Tuesday…
AND, if it does turn into a contest between Sharon Bulova (D) and Pat Herrity (R), then there will presumably be yet another special election after the chairman election to select someone to replace the winner of the Chairman’s race!
Ah, yes. I forgot about that race. I met Sharon Bulova last Sunday at GMU. I think she’s about ready to announce 🙂
There is also a Commonwealth’s Attorney special in Fredericksburg. Charlie Sharp was elevated to the Circuit Court, replacing John Scott who passed suddenly this spring.
Mr Sharp’s former Deputy LaBravia Jenkins is CA currently, and running against Eric Olsen and Jeh Hicks on Dec 16.
And you thought we all had some time off 😦