Wasting no time in what some have called the “fire drill election” for Virginia’s 48th House of Delegates District, Democrat Richard “Rip” Sullivan and Republican David Foster agreed to debate before the Aug. 19 special election.
Sullivan, who became the Democratic nominee at 10 p.m. Sunday, issued a call for a debate via Twitter and press release 12 hours later. Foster told the Post he had not heard from Sullivan’s campaign, but said, “I agree that a debate of the issues and candidate qualifications is important and will look forward to making the arrangements.”
Seven Democrats who are vying to succeed state Del. Robert H. Brink (D-Arlington) made their cases to Arlington County Democratic activists Wednesday night in advance of a caucus scheduled for Sunday.
Brink resigned Monday to take a job in the administration of Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). An election to replace him is scheduled for Aug. 19.
The Democrats seeking to represent the state’s 48th District, which includes portions of Arlington and Fairfax counties, are:
Candidates for the Democratic nomination for the special election to fill the seat of Del. Bob Brink (D-48th) will debate on Saturday, July 5 at 3 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School.
Democrats are preparing for a lightning-fast special election this weekend, a caucus that will choose the party's candidate for the House of Delegates seat vacated by longtime Del. Bob Brink (D-46). Late last week, Brink announced he would be stepping down to become deputy commissioner for Aging Services, opening a seat that he was first elected to in 1997. Earlier this week, Republican House Speaker Bill Howell set the special election date for Aug. 19 — setting in motion one of the fastest elections in living memory.
Democrats and Republicans in Arlington and McLean have one week to nominate candidates for an Aug. 19 special election to replace state Del. Robert H. Brink (D-Arlington) who resigned to take a job with the administration of Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Virginia law gives the parties five days after a special election date is set to name their candidates. Because Friday is the July 4 holiday, the parties have until July 7 at 5 p.m. to name their nominees.
Democratic leaders in Arlington and Fairfax counties have opted to hold a caucus for the open 48th District seat this Sunday, July 6, at Yorktown and McLean high schools.
The quick timetable was required when House Speaker William Howell (R-Fredericksburg) yesterday issued a writ setting the special election for Aug. 19.