|Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at CPAC. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
RICHMOND - 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.”
Should the parties or prospective candidates have any questions about the upcoming special election in the 6th Senate District and/or 11thHouse District, they should contact the Virginia State Board of Elections at1-800-552-9745 and ask for “Special Election Information.”