WILLIAMSBURG — The race in the 93rd House District is set.
By being the only Republican to file by the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline, Heather Cordasco, of James City County, automatically become the party's nominee..
"The Mass Meeting of the 93rd House of Delegates District of the Republican Party of Virginia scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18 is canceled," said a memo from 93rd House District Republican Committee Chairman Jeff Ryer.
Cordasco will face Mike Mullin, of Newport News in the Nov. 8 election, concurrent with the presidential election and the election to fill the vacant 1st Senate District seat. Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, resigned his House seat to set up an election believed to be more favorable to a Democrat than a potential low-turnout special election in late December or early January.
In recent years, until Mason broke the streak by retaining the seat last year, the seat has gone Republican in low-turnout elections and Democratic in high-turnout elections.
Cordasco, a former member of the WJCC School Board lost a close race for the Roberts District Supervisor seat in James City County last year, falling to incumbent Supervisor John McGlennon by only 42 votes out of nearly 4,000 cast.
"I am excited to announce my campaign for the House of Delegates and ready to put my experience and leadership skills to work for the citizens of the 93rd District," said Cordasco in a statement. "The people of the 93rd District deserve a leader who will fight for a better life for everyone on the Peninsula. As a member of the House of Delegates, I want to use my leadership skills and understanding of our community to grow and strengthen our economy, provide new educational opportunities for our children to succeed, and relieve transportation gridlock so families can spend more time together."
Mullin took the Democratic nomination without a contest as well, when a potential opponent, Williamsburg physician Dr. Greg Biernacki was disqualified. Democratic rules require that a potential candidate not have participated in another party's nominating process. Biernacki voted in the Republican primary this spring.
Mullin, an assistant prosecutor in Suffolk, also lost in his previous bid for elected office. He failed to capture a seat on the Newport News City Council this spring.
In the Senate race, Mason is facing Republican Thomas Holston and Independent John Bloom, who ran as a Republican for the 95th District House seat in 2013,
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