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A special election for the 33rd state Senate District seat will be held on Jan. 8, 2019, Loudoun County officials announced today.

Democrats and Republicans are expected to meet this weekend to decide their respective nominees, though candidates wishing to file for the seat have until Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.

The seat is being vacated by Congresswoman-elect Jennifer Wexton (D), who was elected in last week's election. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2019.

The district includes parts of Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

Democrats will vote Saturday on their nominee during a Firehouse Primary. Voting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at select locations. More information can be found online at and

Republicans will decide their nominee at a legislative district mass meeting on Sunday at Fairfax Christian School, 22870 Pacific Boulevard, Dulles, Virginia 20166 starting at 5 p.m.

Three Democrats announced candidacies for the Democrat-friendly seat prior to and following the election of Wexton. In line for the nomination are front-runner and state Del. Jennifer Boysko (D-86th), consultant Sharafat Hussain and local activist Charlotte McConnell.

Important dates for voting

-Registering to vote or updating registration: Jan. 2, 2019 - The deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration is 5 p.m., Jan. 2, 2019, if doing so in person, or 11:59 p.m. if doing so online.

-Absentee voting by mail: Jan. 2, 2019 - The deadline for voters to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them is Jan. 2, 2019. The request must be received by the Loudoun County Office of Elections and Voter Registration by 5 p.m. Jan. 2. Voters may apply for an absentee ballot online.

Detailed information for voters and candidates about the upcoming special election may be found at

(3) comments

Chris McHale

So if the election is January 8th, that means I have until January 10th to vote and still have it count, correct?

Duncan Idaho

Only if you peddle in conspiracy theories, like Trump.

David Dickinson

Gee, thanks for completely not mentioning the Republican. I'm sure it was editorial oversight and not personal bias.

Arash Ebrahimi announced his candidacy for the Republican Nomination for the 33rd District State Senate Seat on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
“As the son of a legal, Persian immigrant, I am blessed by the opportunity our great Republic offers. Having witnessed the elimination of Freedom and Liberty in Iran, my father instilled in me a love of These United States, the Constitution, and the God-given rights it protects,” said Arash. “Coming from pre-Revolution Iran, my father saw first-hand how government can be manipulated to violate its moral obligation to protect the individual and the Life, Liberty, and Property of its citizens.”

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