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Posted at 4:56 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

McDonnell calls special legislative election for March 8

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has called a special election to fill the General Assembly vacancy created by the resignation of Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton) for March 8.

The date is a bit later than had been rumored and ensures that Gear's seat will be empty throughout the 46-day legislative session, which convenes Jan. 12.

Gear submitted his resignation last week, indicating that he had been struggling with worsening multiple sclerosis and needed to step down before the stress of another session. Gear's wife and sister are also both battling cancer.

"Tom Gear ably served the people of the 91st House District for nine years and on the Hampton City Council prior to that," McDonnell said in a statement. "He has been a committed public servant, and his presence will be missed when the General Assembly convenes later this month. I wish him and his family the best."

Candidates interested in running for the seat have until Jan. 21 to file to run for the seat. Three Republicans have so far said they will run.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 4, 2011; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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