by Brandon Jarvis

After Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince William) announced last week that she was resigning from the second district House of Delegates seat, Democrats rushed to nominate a candidate after four people entered the race.

867 people voted in a caucus on Sunday with 43.8% of attendees voting for the winner Candi King, a Dumfries resident, and community relations liaison. “I am grateful for and humbled by the confidence placed in me by Democrats in the Second House District, and I will work every day until the Jan. 5 special election to earn the confidence of the community at large,” said King in a statement after the caucus. “Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy leaves big shoes to fill, but between my real-world and General Assembly experience, I am ready to hit the ground running on Day One to be an effective advocate as we forge a path of recovery from this pandemic.”

Foy won by more than 21 points in 2019.

Heather Smith is the only Republican candidate in the race so far. She was a senior aid to former Republican Senate candidate and Prince William Supervisor Corey Stewart.

“I once was a single mom who held three jobs, so I understand the radical uncertainty – and difficult trade-offs – COVID-19 has brought upon families and our community,” said Mitchell in her announcement. “Yet instead of committing themselves to the fight against this unprecedented global health crisis, Democrats in Richmond have turned their backs against our frontline workers, our heroes in blue, by working to defund our police.”

The special election is set to take place on January 5th, 2021. The General Assembly’s session convenes on January 13th.

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