NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A former city council member won Wednesday evening's Democratic firehouse primary to fill the 89th House District seat in the General Assembly.
Daun S. Hester beat Yvonne Allmond, a TowneBank executive.
"I'm just looking for someone looking to represent me, I mean, times are tough out here and you know, we the little man, we need all the help we can get," Portsmouth resident Angelo Crump said.
A line of people wrapped around the block outside of the Norfolk Masonic Temple at 7001 Granby Street during the firehouse primary.
"It's been a wonderful race," Hester said. "It's been challenging as all races are, but I'm just grateful for the turnout today and the many people who came and stood in line to make a difference."
Norfolk funeral home operator Kenny Alexander held the seat until he replaced the late Yvonne Miller in the state Senate.
Hester will be on the Dec. 18 ballot for a special election to fill the seat.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.