As Jennifer Wexton prepares to take her seat in the National Capitol representing the 10th Congressional District, area Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to select their nominees to fill her 33rd state Senate seat. It will be a short scramble.
Democrats will pick their nominee on Saturday, with voting during an unassembled caucus at four locations in the 33rd District. Republicans will hold a mass meeting to cast ballots on Sunday evening in Ashburn.
The winners of the two party contests will face off in a special election Jan. 8—one day before the General Assembly convenes its 2019 session.
The Democrats will hold a firehouse primary on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with voting at Tolbert Elementary School in Leesburg, the Cascades Senior Center in Sterling, Rosa Lee Carter Elementary School in Ashburn, and the Herndon Municipal Center in Herndon. Three candidates have announced plans to seek the party’s nomination: Del. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-86), community activist Charlotte McConnell, and consultant Sharafat Hussain. Of those, only Boysko has held public elected office before, serving in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2016. She also has the endorsement of the congresswoman-elect she seeks to replace.
The Republican mass meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Fairfax Christian School, 22870 Pacific Boulevard in the Dulles area. Two candidates have publicly declared their intent to seek the nomination and a familiar face from Loudoun’s political and business landscape said he may join the race. Pete Godston, an Iraq war veteran and entrepreneur from Sterling, and Arash Ebrahimi, the son of a Persian immigrant and Herndon resident who designs software applications, have formally put their names in the hat. Joe T. May, a former state delegate and owner of electronics manufacturer EIT, said Friday that he was considering a run to return to the statehouse.
Participation in party selection processes is open to any registered voters in the 33th District, which stretches from Leesburg to western Fairfax. However, voters may be asked to submit to a loyalty oath stating their intent to support the party’s nominee in the election.