By Lynn R. Mitchell
When Delegate Barbara Comstock was elected to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Frank Wolf in the 10th District, it left a vacancy in the Virginia House of Delegates. Today the House Speaker William Howell announced a special election to fill the seat:
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued a writ of election today for Virginia’s 34th House of Delegates district, setting Tuesday, January 6, 2015 as the date of the special election to fill the seat that will be vacated by Delegate Barbara Comstock. Delegate Comstock submitted her letter of resignation Monday, effective January 2, 2015. According to the Code of Virginia, the Speaker has the authority when the General Assembly is in session to immediately issue a writ of election upon receipt of written notification from a member that a seat will be vacated.
“Barbara Comstock has been a tireless advocate for the people of the 34th district during her three terms in the House of Delegates. Her strong work ethic, passion for service and bright demeanor will be missed in Richmond, but I know she will make a great member of Congress,” said Speaker Howell. “It is important that the people of the 34th District have the opportunity to elect representation prior to the start of the 2015 session. Accordingly, I have set January 6, 2015 as the date for the special election to fill Barbara’s seat in the House of Delegates.”
According to § 24.2-216 of the Code of Virginia, the Speaker may immediately issue a writ of election “upon receipt of written notification by a member or member-elect of his resignation as of a stated date…” Delegate Comstock on Monday submitted a letter of resignation effective January 2, 2015.
Pursuant to § 24.2-510 of the Code of Virginia, the deadline for political parties to nominate candidates is Monday, November 17th at 5 p.m. All questions should be directed to the Virginia State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745. Ask for “special election information.”