Robinson, Brown seek Nixon seat

Republican and Democratic candidates for state Del. Sam Nixon’s open seat have emerged and will face each other in the June 15 special election.

In a Republican legislative canvass on Monday, May 10, voters awarded the party’s nomination to optometrist Roxann Robinson, who was one of four candidates vying for the nomination. Robinson received 1,008 votes.

Former Chesterfield County Planning Commissioner Sherman Litton, paramedic Jason King and Brian Sullivan, an organ procurement organization training coordinator for LifeNet Health, also sought the seat. Litton, Sullivan and King received 219, 210 and 105 votes, respectively.

William “Bill” Brown, chairman of the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee, announced his candidacy for the vacant 27th House of Delegates seat in a press release on Thursday, May 6. Brown also serves as chairman of Chesterfield County’s Planning Commission.

Nixon represented the 27th House of Delegates District, which is entirely in Chesterfield County, for 16 years before being appointed to serve as chief information officer of the Virginia Information Technology Agency in March. Nixon left his house seat on April 5.

Last month, Gov. Bob McDonnell set Tuesday, June 15, as the date of a special election to fill vacancies in the 26th and 27th Districts. Del. Matt Lorh of the 26th District, which includes the City of Harrisonburg and northern portions of Rockingham County, was appointed to serve as commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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