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McDonnell calls special legislative elections for Jan. 11

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has officially called two special elections for Jan. 11 so voters in two districts can elect replacements for state Sen. Robert Hurt and Del. Morgan Griffith -- both of whom were elected to Congress this month.

The state Board of Elections is expected to certify Hurt's and Griffith's wins Nov. 22. Griffith (R-Salem), who defeated Rep. Rick Boucher, and Hurt (R-Pittsylvania), who defeated Rep. Tom Perriello in the 5th district, will resign soon after.

Their newly elected replacements will be sworn in immediately. The General Assembly begins its 46-day session Jan. 12.

"In order to ensure that the citizens of these districts have full representation in the Virginia General Assembly session that is to convene on January 12, 2011, it is my intention to call for the special elections to be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2011,'' McDonnell said in a statement.

As we told you earlier today, Republicans will chose their nominees to replace Hurt and Griffith on Nov. 23.

Already, four Republicans and a Democrat -- Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Henry Davis Jr. -- are running to fill the seat vacated by Hurt.

The Republicans are: Pittsylvania Republican Committee Chairwoman Brenda Bowman, Franklin County nonprofit president Melvin Adams Sr., Bill Stanley, a Franklin County lawyer and the Republican committee chairman in the 5th Congressional District, and Danville City Council member Fred Shanks, who owns a civil engineering, planning and surveying firm.

Greg Habeeb, a Salem lawyer and former Salem Republican chairman, is the only candidate so far to replace Griffith. Democrats have yet to field a candidate.

By Anita Kumar  | November 15, 2010; 3:53 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Anita Kumar, Election 2010, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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