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Virginia Gov. Northam sets special election to fill State Sen. Ben Chafin’s seat

A. Benton Chafin, Jr
A. Benton Chafin, Jr((Source: Virginia General Assembly))
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 3:47 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a writ of election to declare a special election be held to fill the seat of State Senator Ben Chafin, who died from complications from COVID-19 on January 1st.

CBS affiliate WJHL reports the special election will be held March 23th, 2021, according to a release from the governor’s office.

You can view the full write of election by clicking here.

The election will determine the representation of the 38th Senate District, which covers Buchanan, Dickenson and part of Wise County along with the City of Norton.

Candidates must file to appear on the ballot by January 22nd, 2021.

The deadline to register to vote in the special election is March 2nd. The deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is March 12th.

To view candidacy requirements, click here.

The Dickenson County Board of Supervisors had voted unanimously on Monday night to ask the governor set a special election.

Three candidates, Dickenson County deputy Jony Baker, Lebanon Town Council member Elijah Leonard and Appalachian School of Law dean, professor and current Commonwealth Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton Chad Dotson, have already filed to run for the seat.