Republican Roxann Robinson has won a special election for former state Del. Sam Nixon’s open seat in the 27th House of Delegates District, according to unofficial election results on the Virginia State Board of Elections’ website.
Robinson, a self-employed optometrist, faced Democrat William “Bill” Brown, a certified public accountant and retired college professor, in the June 15 contest. Robinson won by a nearly 3-1 margin, getting 3,429 votes to Brown’s 1,295. There were 12 write-in votes, as well, according to the website.
The election drew 4,736 voters, little more than 8.6 percent of the county’s 55,055 total voters, the website says.
A host of local Republicans lined up to support Robinson, according to her campaign website, including: State Sen. Steve Martin, Chesterfield County Circuit Court Clerk Judy Worthington, Clover Hill Supervisor Art Warren, Matoaca School Board Member Omarh Rajah, Chesterfield County Commissioner of Revenue Joe Horbal and Chesterfield County Treasurer Richard Cordle.
Nixon represented the 27th District, which is entirely in Chesterfield County, for 16 years before being appointed to serve as chief information officer of the Virginia Information Technology Agency in March. Nixon left his house seat on April 5.
In April, Gov. Bob McDonnell set the special election to fill vacancies in the 26th and 27th Districts. Del. Matt Lorh of the 26th District, which includes the City of Harrisonburg and northern portions of Rockingham County, was appointed to serve as commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
In the 26th District, Republican Tony O. Wilt won the seat with 6,239, votes, according to unofficial election results on the Virginia State Board of Elections’ website. Democrat Kai E. Degner received 2,840 votes and Independent Carolyn W. Frank got 392 votes. There were also 12 write-in votes, the website says.
About 25 percent of the 26th District’s voters cast ballots in the contest, the website says.