By Lynn R. Mitchell
Republican Todd Pillion won the special election held Tuesday for Virginia’s 4th House of Delegates District due to the election of Ben Chafin to the State Senate. Unofficial results showed Pillion won with 66 percent of the vote over Democrat Donnie Rife’s 34 percent.
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) congratulated Delegate-elect Pillion:
“Congratulations to Todd, his family and his entire campaign team on their victory tonight. Todd ran a great campaign focused on the issues important to the people of Southwest Virginia. I know he will be a strong voice for their concerns in Richmond,” said Speaker Howell. “Todd is an experienced businessman with a record of service to his country and community. His experience and expertise will allow him to bring valuable insight to the House and I look forward to working with him in the future. I also want to thank all of the election officials and volunteers who helped organize this very quick special election. I appreciate your work on behalf of the Commonwealth.”
Delegate Terry Kilgore also congratulated his friend on Twitter:
Congratulations to my friend Todd Pillion in his victory tonight and welcome to the SW caucus.
And from Ninth Congressional District Chairman Adam Tolbert on Facebook:
Congratulations to Todd Pillion and his team on the impressive victory in today’s special election in House of Delegates District 4.