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For Immediate Release -- August 16, 2016

Democrats from the 77th district of Virginia's House of Delegates have selected a nominee to represent the party in the November 8th special election to fill the vacancy left by Del. Lionell Spruill, Sr., who has been elected as the Democratic nominee for the 5th district in the Senate of Virginia and resigned his seat in the house to ensure continuity of representation and save taxpayer dollars.

Cliff Hayes, Jr. was named the Democratic nominee tonight in a "firehouse primary" by an unofficial result of 556 to 469 over LeOtis Williams.

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), the Leader of the House Democratic Caucus, welcomed Cliff Hayes, Jr. as the official Democratic nominee. "With Cliff Hayes, Jr. in the 77th and Michael Mullin in the 93rd, Democrats are strongly positioned to hold these two seats in November 8th special elections. Holding both seats would enable us to continue having the ability to sustain the veto of the Governor."

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, welcomed the new member by saying, "I am confident that the citizens of Chesapeake and Suffolk will be well represented by Cliff Hayes, Jr. and I look forward to working with him in the upcoming legislative session."

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Fairfax), the Campaign Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, is excited about Democratic prospects in 2017. "Having just broken the Republican Super Majority in 2015, voters in the Commonwealth will have the opportunity in 2017 to continue chipping away at the gerrymandered Republican majority. We're glad to have such strong nominees in this year's special elections to start us off with two important victories this November."



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