Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that a special election will be held Sept. 4 in the state's 5th Senate District to replace the late Sen. Yvonne Miller, D-Norfolk, who died July 3.
The second special election will be held that day in the 4th House of Delegates District in Northern Virginia to replace Del. David Englin, D-Arlington, who is retiring from the House as of Aug. 31.
“Senator Yvonne Miller was a tremendous public servant and fearless advocate for the interests of her constituents and all Virginians," McDonnell said. "She will be missed. Delegate Englin has served his district ably since 2006. It is critically important for all citizens of Virginia to have full representation in the Virginia General Assembly. To ensure that is the case, I believe we must hold these special elections as quickly as is possible under Virginia law. Having these special elections on September 4th will allow for the citizens of these districts to have full representation and give the new Senator and Delegate time to fully prepare for the 2013 legislative session. Additionally, having the special election in September will allow for a subsequent special election should it be necessary after the Senate election.”
Del. Kenneth Alexander, D-Norfolk, has said he will run to replace Miller. Should he win the special election another election would need to be held to fill the 89th House of Delegates District seat he currently holds.
Parties will have until Aug. 3 to nominate candidates for the Sept. 4 special election.