Republican Del. Greg Habeeb announced he will give up his spot in the state legislature, forcing a special election for his Roanoke-area district.
“It has been my honor to serve you, but I passionately believe in our founders’ vision of a citizen legislature where regular people step up, take their turn at bat and then stepped aside to let the next person step forward,” Habeeb wrote in a statement posted to his Facebook page.
Habeeb will be returning to his positions as a “full-time dad and a full-time partner” at the law firm of which he is an owner, Gentry Locke, he wrote.
House Speaker Kirk Cox said in a statement that Republicans are disappointed with Habeeb’s decision, but have worked with him to find strong candidates to run for his seat.
“We are confident that Greg will be succeeded by a Republican who shares our commitment to conservative governing principles,” Cox wrote.
It seems likely: The district has favored Republican candidates in each contested election since the 2012 presidential race.
Habeeb won his district last year with 64 percent of the vote and worked with Democrats last session to make a statewide database of court case information available to the public.
House Democrats want the special election to coincide with this November’s general election.
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