NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Republicans and Democrats have made their choice for who will serve as their nominee for the House of Delegates 89th District special election.
The election is set for Jan. 11 and is being held because Del. Jay Jones (D) announced last week he would step down from the 89th District seat at the end of the year.
Polls are going from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can get more details on the special election here.
Jones was just re-elected to his seat in the House of Delegates this November after a failed run in the primary for Virginia attorney general. His announcement came just two days after he shared that he and his wife were expecting a child this upcoming summer.
Republicans have nominated 39-year-old Giovanni Dolmo to run for the position. Democrats announced that they have nominated Jackie Glass.
Dolmo, a Honduran immigrant and father of two, is a pastor and a community tutor for local children. Dolmo also served 10 years in the U.S. Navy and is currently working with the Norfolk Police Department on community policing initiatives.
“I was inspired by my parents, who emigrated here and became proud Americans,” Dolmo said in a news release from the Republican Party of Norfolk. “It led me to join the military and give back to our country.”
For the Democrats, Glass was selected in December as the nominee. Three candidates submitted their requests to be the nominee, the two others were Alicia E. Smith and Dante Walston.
Both Glass and Walston have run in political campaigns before. Glass just narrowly lost a special election to fill the Norfolk City Council Superward 7 seat. She has also previously run for school board.
The final count from the caucus was:
- Jackie Glass: 345
- Alicia Smith: 124
- Dante Walston: 19
10 On Your Side reported that the local Democratic party has managed to find controversy in selecting its nominee. The controversy centered around residency requirements and whether all candidates looking to carry the party’s nomination are qualified to hold office if elected. The residency of Glass was not in question.
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