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Representative Rigell Endorses Stuart For 91st HOD Seat

Recently elected U.S. Representative Scott Rigell, from Virginia's second Congressional district, has wasted no time in using his newly gained prestige by endorsing Hampton City Councilman Chris Stuart today for the 91st district House of Delegates seat which opened with the retirement of Tom Gear in late December. The GOP will nominate its candidate in a canvas Tuesday, January 18. The special election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8. Also running for the GOP nomination are Teresa Vanasse Schmidt, a day-care assistant director from Hampton; attorney Chad Green, the second vice-chairman of the York County Republican Committee; and Poquoson Mayor Gordon C. Helsel, Jr., made it four when he threw his hat into the ring last Thursday (see The Daily Press). Gear is backing Schmidt for his old seat.

In a statement, Rigell said:

Republicans have four fine candidates running to fill the seat vacated by my friend, Tom Gear, in the Virginia House of Delegates. All would make fine Delegates, but I am personally supporting . . . Chris Stuart. Chris is a proven job creator and a respected leader in our community and I believe he is the right candidate to fight for our shared conservative values in Richmond. Chris is committed to fighting for lower taxes and less regulation. ...

BREAKING: Habeeb Keeps 8th District House Seat For GOP

Republican Greg Habeeb kept the Salem-area 8th House of Delegates seat in Republican hands tonight with a win in a special election to fill the vacated seat of former Majority Leader and now-U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith. The details are at the Roanoke Times, here. His win keeps the GOP majority at 60-39 with one seat open (91st district) due to former Delegate Tom Gear's sudden resignation.

Canvass Set To Select GOP Nominee In 91st HOD District

The 91st District Republican Legislative Committee today selected a canvass as the method of nomination for its nominee to fill the unexpired House term of Delegate Tom Gear (R-Hampton), who recently resigned.  The canvass will be  held on Tuesday, January 18, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. (The special election isn't until March 8.) Here's where voters will cast their ballots:

Hampton: Syms Middle School, 170 Fox Hill Road.

York County: General Services Building and Grounds Building at 1801 Wolf Trap Road.

Poquoson: Emmaus Baptist Church, 814 Yorktown Road.

There are three announced Republican candidates thus far: Teresa Vanasse Schmidt, a day-care assistant director from Hampton; Hampton City Councilman and businessman Chris Stuart; and attorney Chad Green, the second vice-chairman of the York County Republican Committee.