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Republican lawyer Habeeb to run for Griffith's House seat

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Greg Habeeb, a Salem lawyer and former Salem Republican chairman, announced Monday that he will run to replace Del. Morgan Griffith, who was elected to Congress last week.

Habeeb was joined at his announcement at the old Roanoke County courthouse by Griffith, Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Sen. Ralph Smith as well as other local officials and more than 100 residents.

The self-described social conservative said the biggest issue in Richmond come January will be to fill Griffith's shoes -- both because the Roanoke Valley will be losing a 16-year incumbent and because the House will be losing its majority leader.

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

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will then set a pair of special elections to fill the two seats.

Richard Cranwell, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, and House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry), are searching for a candidate to run for Griffith's seat in the largely Republican-leaning district that includes Salem and part of Roanoke County. The General Assembly returns for its 46-day session Jan. 12.

By Anita Kumar  | November 8, 2010; 5:49 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2010, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates, Morgan Griffith  
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