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Carroll Foy resigns from House to focus on governor's race

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Posted at 5:12 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 17:12:49-05

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy is resigning her seat to focus on her bid to be Virginia’s next governor.

The two-term lawmaker who represents Prince William and Stafford counties announced her resignation Tuesday in a bid to help distinguish herself among a crowded Democratic field for governor.

By resigning her seat, Carroll Foy won't be barred from fundraising during next year’s legislative session. Her campaign said in a statement that the extra time fundraising will give her the best chance to “take on entrenched career politicians like Terry McAuliffe.”

Governor Ralph Northam issued a writ of election Tuesday declaring a special election in the Second House of Delegates District for January 5, 2021 due to Foy's resignation.

The last day for candidates to file to appear on the ballot is December 14. Information regarding candidacy requirements can be found on the Department of Elections website.