Dems cancel caucus, nominate Mike Mullin for 93rd

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(Courtesy Mike Mullin for House of Delegates/Katherine Sparks)
(Courtesy Mike Mullin for House of Delegates/Katherine Sparks)

According to a release from the 93rd House of Delegates Democratic Nominating Committee, only one candidate, Mike Mullin, properly filed to become the Democratic nominee in a special election to be held Nov. 8.

On Aug. 2, Del. Monty Mason (D-Dist. 93) resigned from his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to run for the 1st District Senate seat of the late Virginia Sen. John Miller. The resignation is effective Nov. 21.

Following Mason’s resignation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a writ of election announcing that a special election will be held Nov. 8, the same day as the presidential election. The Virginia 93rd District Nominating Committee planned to hold an unassembled caucus, or “firehouse primary,” on Aug. 15 to select a Democratic candidate to run in the election. Since only one candidate qualified, the caucus has been cancelled and Mullin is the Democratic nominee.

Mullin is an assistant commonwealth attorney in Suffolk who lost a race for Newport News City Council earlier this year. He was first out of the gate when Mason resigned, taking to Facebook to announce he was running for the Democratic nomination.

“Due to the death of our dear friend, the late Senator John Miller, Delegate Monty Mason has decided to run for the 1st District Senate seat and I, following careful consideration, will seek the Democratic nomination for the 93rd District House of Delegates seat,” he wrote. “I am humbled by the trust placed in me by the many friends who have encouraged my run and will do my very best to mount an honorable campaign worthy of a committed public servant.”

According to the release, Mike’s volunteer activities include working to prevent gang violence and he and his family are long-time members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News.