Gov. Bob McDonnell set Dec. 18 for the special election to fill the 89th district House of Delegates seat vacated by state Sen. Kenny Alexander, D-Norfolk.
Alexander won the 5th District Senate seat in September left open by the death over the summer of long-time Norfolk Sen. Yvonne Miller.
Miller died on June 3 after a long battle with cancer. She was the first black woman elected to the state Senate and held the seat since 1988.
Three Democrats - former Norfilk City Council member Duan S. Hester; TowneBank executive Yvonne Allmond; and Lionell Spruill Jr. - are officially running for the House seat. Spruill is the son of Del. Lionell Spruill Sr., who represents Chesapeake.
No Republicans have announced they are running for the seat.
The deadline for for candidates to file paperwork to run is Oct. 19.
“Senator Alexander served his district well in the House, and I look forward to working with him in the Senate," McDonnell said. "Having this special election on Dec. 18, 2012, will allow for the citizens of the 89th House District to have representation and give the new delegate time to prepare for the 2013 legislative session. This date will also give the State Board of Elections sufficient time to complete its certification process of the November election.”