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Del. Monty Mason announced Thursday he filed documents Wednesday to seek the 1st District
State Senate seat left vacant from the death of state Sen. John Miller.
The governor has called for a special election to fill the seat with the primary election taking place June 14 and the general election coinciding with the presidential election in Nov. 8.
The 1st District includes the City of Williamsburg and portions of the cities of Newport News, Hampton and Suffolk and James City and York counties.
“Sen. Miller was a one-of-a-kind public servant and a great friend,” Mason said in a recent news release announcing his run. “We shared a passion for issues such as education, the environment, economic improvement and bipartisan redistricting. If I am elected to represent the 1st Senate District, I’ll work hard to continue his legacy and to promote our shared vision for the District.”
Mason has already gathered the support of a number of leaders on the Peninsula, including Del. Marcia Price, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, Williamsburg Mayor Clyde Haulman, Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan, Newport News Vice Mayor Rob Coleman and James City County Supervisor John McGlennon, according to the release.
Mason was elected to the House of Delegates in 2013 and re-elected in 2015, representing the 93rd District, which includes the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News and James City and York counties.
He is currently a senior director at Visa Inc., focusing on fraud prevention and helping reduce risk for banks and their consumers.
He lives in the Walnut Hills neighborhood in Williamsburg with his wife, Pamela, who works at the College of William & Mary, and their two daughters.