Kaine Sets Special Election; Herring Announces
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) has called a special election for Jan. 13 to replace Brian J. Moran as the delegate in the Alexandria-based 46th District.
"The residents of the 46th District deserve to have their voice heard in the General Assembly when it convenes in January," Governor Kaine said.
Prior to the election, the local political parties will likely hold caucuses next week to determine their nominees. Former Alexandria Mayor Kerry J. Donley and party leader Charniele Herring are widely viewed as two early front-runners for the Democratic nomination.
Herring, a community leader and Democratic activist who was active in President-elect Barack Obama's campaign, announced her candidacy late Friday night. If elected, Herring would be only the second African-American since at least the 1980s to represent Northern Virginia in the General Assembly, according to one political observer.
In an article this summer in the Alexandria Times, Herring recounted how her family was homeless when she was 16. Herring used that experience to become a advocate for social justice.
The Democratic nominee will be heavily favored to retain Moran's seat in the special election, but a credible GOP candidate could emerge because of an expected low turnout. In a special election to fill an Alexandria City Council seat in 2007, Republican Bill Cleveland received 48 percent of the vote in a two-way race.
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