House of Delegates seat will be empty until February

Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, stands in the chamber. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)
Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, stands in the chamber. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

The special elections to fill Virginia legislative seats continue.

Speaker of the House Kirk Cox announced last week that the special election for House District 86 in Loudoun and Fairfax counties will be held Feb. 19, four days before the General Assembly session ends.

“I want to give both parties ample time to choose a nominee while ensuring the people of the 86th House District are represented in the House of Delegates as soon as possible,” Cox said in a release.

House District 86 was held by Democrat Jennifer Boysko, who was elected to the Virginia Senate Jan. 8. Boysko was running to take the spot of U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, who won her congressional seat in November.

Wexton’s promotion wasn’t the only move that prompted a special election. U.S. Rep. Ben Cline left a House of Delegates seat open near Rockbridge and Amherst counties. Del. Joe McNamara won that election, which was held Dec. 18.

Candidate have until Jan. 21 to file to run for Boysko’s empty seat in the House of Delegates.

Boysko’s unfilled seat doesn’t tip the scales in the House, but House Republicans will have a more comfortable majority, with only 48 Democrats instead of 49 to Republicans’ 51 members.