Democrat Michael Mullin snagged the 93rd District seat in the House of Delegates on Tuesday, defeating Republican Heather Cordasco.
Cordasco conceded to Mullin Tuesday night, according to Chris West, a Cordasco spokesman.
With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Mullin was leading 53-47 (18,358-16,208), according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” Mullin said of his victory. He added that he intends to get to work on education efforts soon and looks forward to providing his perspective as a prosecutor in the General Assembly.
“Even though we came up short tonight, I want to thank everyone that made this effort possible,” Cordaso wrote in a news release.
Mullin, an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Suffolk, supports equal pay for equal work and early childhood education, two issues the candidate addressed during his campaign.
Cordasco, a fitness instructor and personal trainer, served on the Williamsburg-James City School Board from 2012-15. She ran a campaign focused on jobs, education and public transportation.
Both candidates fought for the seat up to the end, with door-to-door campaigning a characteristic of both camps leading up to the election.
The seat Mullin and Cordasco sparred over was open because Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, who held the seat, is resigning to run for the state Senate seat formerly held by the late John Miller, who died in April.
This story will be updated.
Staff writer Jack Jacobs contributed to this report.
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