RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ House Speaker Kirk Cox has set a November date for a special election for a vacant state House seat. Cox announced Wednesday that the election to fill the spot in the Roanoke-area district will be held Nov. 6. That’s the same date as congressional elections. Republican Del. Greg Habeeb recently announced his decision to resign at the end of this month. His departure could imperil the GOP’s slim 51-49 majority in the House, but the district leans heavily Republican. President Donald Trump won the district by 30 percentage points. Political parties have until Aug. 17 to nominate candidates.

News release: Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox issued a writ of election Wednesday, setting November 6th, 2018 as the date for the Special Election in the 8th House District. The Special Election will coincide with the 2018 General Election. A copy of the writ can be found here. “With Delegate Habeeb’s resignation effective August 31, it is imperative that the citizens of the 8th House District have the earliest reasonable opportunity to elect a new Delegate,” said Speaker Cox. “Setting the Special Election to coincide with the upcoming General Election makes the most sense.” Cox added, “I want to thank Delegates Toscano and Herring for suggesting and working with us on selecting the date for this Special Election.”

Pursuant to § 24.2-510 of the Code of Virginia, the deadline for political parties to nominate candidates is Friday, August 17 at 5:00 p.m. All questions should be directed to the Virginia State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745. Ask for “special election information.”

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SALEM, Va. (Roanoke Times) Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara became the first person to announce he will seek the House of Delegates seat being vacated by Del. Greg Habeeb.

The longtime supervisor declared his candidacy for the 8th District House of Delegates seat Monday morning at one of the two ice cream shops he owns, Salem Ice Cream Parlor on West Main Street.

Surrounded by numerous prominent local Republicans, McNamara touted his history on the board of abiding by a conservative budget plan and lowering taxes for county residents as well as his conservative positions of opposing abortion and defending the Second Amendment. He said he’ll carry those values to Richmond.

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Salem Delegate Greg Habeeb is stepping aside, and the race to replace him is now on.

Monday morning, longtime Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara became the first candidate to say he’s running for the 8th district seat.

Local Republican leaders joined McNamara for the announcement at his ice cream shop in Salem.

McNamara said he believes his extensive local experience and conservative voice will serve the region in Richmond.

“It is critically important that a good solid proven conservative goes to Richmond,” McNamara told WDBJ7, “and furthers our objectives that so many of our voters are demanding and expecting from our delegates today.”

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