Governor McDonnell has set a special election date to fill Roanoke delegate Onzlee Ware’s House of Delegates seat.
McDonnell announced that the special election will be held January 7. The 2014 General Assembly session begins January 8.
Ware announced earlier this month that he’s retiring to care for his ill mother. Ware is a Democrat. He represented the 11th District for 10 years.
“Richmond will greatly miss the leadership and integrity of Delegate Onzlee Ware. During his ten years in office, Onzlee earned a reputation as a representative who always strove to do what was best for Virginia and the residents of the 11th District,” Governor McDonnell wrote in a news release. “Now, with his retirement, it is imperative we move as quickly as possible to fill this vacancy, and ensure that the people of Roanoke have full representation in Richmond. Therefore, I am calling this election for January 7th.”
The governor will not issue the formal order until Dec. 6 so political parties and election officials will have time to prepare for the nomination process and special election.
Several people have already announced that they will run for the 11th District seat. The Democratic candidates include Patricia White-Boyd, Sam Rasoul, Court Rosen, David Trinkle, and Keith Wheaton.
On the Republican side Octavia Johnson has declared her candidacy. Caleb Coulter has also indicated he plans to run.