Register Now for Jan. 21 State Senate Election for 33rd District

See voter registration and absentee deadlines for the upcoming special election to replace Attorney General-elect Mark Herring.

Jennifer Wexton, Joe May and John Whitbeck, candidates for the Virginia State Senate seat in the 33rd District, replacing Attorney General-elect Mark Herring. (Campaign Courtesy Photos)
Jennifer Wexton, Joe May and John Whitbeck, candidates for the Virginia State Senate seat in the 33rd District, replacing Attorney General-elect Mark Herring. (Campaign Courtesy Photos)
The special election to replace Attorney General-elect Mark Herring's seat on the State Senate for the 33rd District, which includes parts of Chantilly, Oak Hill, Herndon, Sterling and Leesburg, is coming up on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The winner will hold the seat for just under two years, through the remainder of Herring's term, which ends Jan. 16, 2016.

Polls in the 33rd District will be open all day on Jan. 21, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Polling places in the 33rd District for the special election will include:

  • Herndon #1 (Herndon Elementary School)
  • Herndon #2 (Herndon Community Center)
  • Herndon #3 (Herndon Middle School)
  • Hutchison Elementary School, Herndon
  • Coates Elementary School, Oak Hill
  • Brookfield Elementary School, Chantilly
  • Franklin Middle School, Chantilly
  • Rachel Carson Middle School, Oak Hill
  • Frying Pan (Visitor Center at Frying Pan Farm Park, Oak Hill)
  • McNair Elementary School, Oak Hill

Herring's resignation from his State Senate seat officially becomes effective this Saturday, Jan. 11.

The deadline to register to vote in this special election is this coming Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. 

The deadline to apply to vote by absentee ballot is also this coming Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.

The final day for in-person absentee voting is next Saturday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.

The absentee ballot return deadline is the end of the day on election day, Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

The Candidates

There will be three candidates on the ballot for the State Senate seat.

In a recent firehouse primary, Leesburg attorney Jennifer Wexton received the Democratic party nomination over Herndon Town Councilwoman Sheila Olem.

John Whitbeck, an attorney and chairman of the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee, won his party's nomination in a Mass Meeting last month over public relations specialist Ron Meyer of Herndon.

Former Delegate Joe May, who lost re-election to his seat in the last election, originally announced his intention to seek the Republican party nomination for the State Senate seat, but just hours later announced he would instead run as an Independent, denouncing the way the Republican party opted for what he called a "secret Mass Meeting" rather than the usual firehouse primary.

See a sample ballot on Fairfax County's elections website.


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Knows John January 11, 2014 at 06:44 PM
As someone who knows John I can only hope that either Wexton or May take the seat. A secret mass meeting and exclusive use of GOP email list doesn't begin to expose the serious lack of ethics held by Whitbeck. Add the platforms on which he ran for delegate, IE: PRO-LIFE. PERIOD. etc. and it is a recipe for more right wingnut abuses and attacks on women in Richmond. No more! Vote for someone else besides John.
Walter Hadlock January 12, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Everytime a real person calls on behalf of Mr. Whitbeck, and we are getting a lot of calls from "real" people and computers, I tell the person I am not voting for someone who got the nomination that way Mr. Whitbeck did. The Republicans missed a great opportunity to use the Firehouse approach to let a candidate win or lose in a more open manner. Joe May has a significant amount of experience that will benefit those of us in the 33rd Senate district, and I intend to vote for him. At least he voted FOR the transportation legislation and AGAINST repealing the one gun a month purchase law.
Sean Moran January 12, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Why do so many people call abortion and birth controlpills hehealthcare? What diseases do either cure? How do either make a woman more healthy? If people want either, pay for them yourself. Why is that such a difficult concept?
Sue L January 13, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Mr. Moran - like millions of women, I had a genetic condition that limited my ability to lead a normal life every month. My options were to treat the pain with narcotics for several days, a hysterectomy, or take the pill. At 14 I kind of though the pill, supplemented by less harsh pain medication, was the appropriate option. The "cure" is surgery, but the pill is effective treatment. Why is THAT such a difficult concept?
DRB January 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
The question is how many are found with Sue's condition. Still the pill is cheap and should and can be paid for from out of pocket not forced to subsidize by others. I do hat how the Repubs went about the candidate selection much the way I hated the Governor race selection. The problem is that May and Wexton are such an extremist, especially Wexton. A true dilemma
Walter Hadlock January 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM
For DRB--did you mean to say Joe May is an extremist? I would put Mr. Whitbeck in that category and not Joe May.
DRB January 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM
May is an extremist and Whitbeck is pretty mainstream and might be classified as moderate. Just a shame the GOP went the way they did in section process.


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