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McDonnell sets June 15 special elections to fill vacant House seats

Rosalind Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has set special elections to fill vacancies in the House of Delegates in the 26th and 27th districts for June 15.

Voters will choose successors to Del. Matthew J. Lohr (R-Harrisonburg) and Del. Samuel A. Nixon Jr. (R-Chesterfield). Both resigned from the House to take jobs in McDonnell's administration--Lohr as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Nixon as Chief Information Officer for the state.

According to McDonnell's office, interested candidates must file to run for the seats by May 14. Chesterfield optometrist Roxann Robinson, a member of the GOP, has indicated she will run for Nixon's seat, which is considered solidly Republican. Lohr's district has also been reliable for the GOP. A number of candidates from both parties have said they are interested in that seat.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 20, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, Virginia House of Delegates  
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