Leesburg attorney Jennifer Wexton defeated Herndon Town Council member Sheila Olem in a firehouse primary Saturday to become the Democratic nominee for the 33rd Virginia Senate District seat that will come vacant if state Sen. Mark Herring remains the victor in the 2013 attorney general race.
Wexton topped Olem handily, 729 votes to 433.
“We Democrats nominated Jennifer Wexton, an amazing woman who will serve the people of Loudoun and Fairfax well," Loudoun County Democratic Committee Chairman Evan Macbeth said in a prepared statement Saturday. "Virginia can look forward to seeing her carry on Mark Herring’s example of common sense and pragmatic solutions in the Senate.”
Currently a partner at Ritenour Paice Mougin-Boal & Wexton, Wexton is a former assistant commonwealth's attorney in Loudoun County. In 2011, she lost her bid to unseat Republican commonwealth's attorney Jim Plowman.
Wexton is married to the communications chairman for the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, Andrew. The couple has two children.
No Republicans have declared a candidacy for the 33rd District seat, and the date of the special election has yet to be set.
As it currently stands in the attorney general contest, according to the Virginia Board of Elections, Herring defeated Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain by 164 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast. The Board of Elections will certify the results Nov. 25. It appears likely the losing candidate will call for a recount after the results are finalized.
Local Democrats held Saturday's primary, or unassembled caucus, at three locations in the 33rd Senate district, which spans parts of Loudoun and Fairfax counties. The results by location are as follows:
Sheila Olem - 108
Jennifer Wexton - 283
Blank - 1
Sheila Olem - 84
Jennifer Wexton - 331
Overvotes - 2
Sheila Olem - 241
Jennifer Wexton - 115