VA-33 Special Election to be held 1/21/2014

With the decision in the recount for the Virginia Attorney General’s race now made and Mark Obenshain’s (R) concession to state Senator Mark Herring (D) sealing it, the question to the people in Virgina’s 33rd state senate district is who to send to Richmond to complete Herring’s current term. Gov. McDonnell has set the special election to make that decision for January 21, 2014. The race has turned into a 3-candidate decision.

For the Democrats, we have Jennifer Wexton, an attorney with some attempts at political office in the past, none successful.

Former Delegate Joe May, formerly a member of the GOP, has entered as an independent. May was going to compete for the GOP nomination but broke with the party after it was announced that the party was going to use a mass meeting nomination approach instead of a firehouse primary that May preferred.

John Whitbeck has won the nomination for the Republicans. He won in the mass meeting against challenger Ron Meyer, a meeting that saw about 550 participants.

I’ll be writing about all 3 of these candidates over the next day or so. We don’t have a lot of time to make the decision and to make the case to our fellow residents of the 33rd. Stay tuned.