Governor Bob McDonnell has set January 7, 2014, as the date for the special election to fill the seat of Delegate Onzlee Ware, who has announced his retirement from the Virginia House of Delegates.
Speaking about the special elections, Governor McDonnell remarked, "Richmond will greatly miss the leadership and integrity of Delegate Onzlee Ware. During his ten years in office, Onzlee earned a reputation as a representative who always strove to do what was best for Virginia and the residents of the 11th District. Now, with his retirement, it is imperative we move as quickly as possible to fill this vacancy, and ensure that the people of Roanoke have full representation in Richmond. Therefore, I am calling this election for January 7th."
The Governor will not issue the writ of election until December 6, 2013, in order to give political parties and election officials time to prepare for the nomination process and the subsequent special election. After the issuance of the writ, pursuant to § 24.2-510 of the Code of Virginia, parties will have five days to nominate a candidate. Should the parties or prospective candidates have any questions, they should contact the Virginia State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 and ask for "Special Election Information."