After Kirk Cox has represented the Colonial Heights House of Delegates district for 31 years, a new Republican will be attempting to fill his shoes this November. Mike Cherry, a Colonial Heights city councilor, is the nominee that is set to take on the Democrats in a tough battle for the seat.

“I’m thankful for my family, campaign team, and the countless volunteers and supporters who helped our campaign get to this point,” Cherry said Monday. “With our focus set towards November, I’ll be everywhere talking about the issues that really matter to our district – including fixing our broken education system and supporting our law enforcement. I look forward to being out on the trail and the opportunity to earn voters’ support.”

After the courts forced a redraw of the district in 2019 due to racial gerrymandering, this seat now leans-Democratic, making it a hard feat for a candidate with no experience in state politics to win this seat. The Democratic candidate will be chosen on June 8 in a primary election.

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