HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Lamont Bagby, David Lambert and Leonidas Young are all hoping to fill Joe Morrissey's old house seat. All three are seeking the Democratic nomination.
So far, no special election has been announced for the 74th district seat. But three candidates are already on the campaign trail.
Henrico School board member Bagby says his background in education and youth services sets him apart. "They know my passion is really focused on breaking the cycle of poverty and I think the best way you do that is making a real impact on our youth in the area of education," Bagby said at his office at he Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond.
David Lambert, son of the late state Sen. Benjamin Lambert III, says he is also running on a platform that focuses on education. "The 74th district which is right now in a state of emergency I would say," Lambert said. "I probably have the most General Assembly experience maybe not as an elected official but I understand the dynamics and the culture of the General Assembly floor than anyone does."
Right now the delegate seat is in a state of flux after Joe Morrissey moved out of Henrico so that he could run for state senate. He's thrown his support behind Rev. Leonidas Young, who previously said he's running on a platform of redemption after serving time in prison. "My platform represents individuals who have fallen and who need a second chance," says Young in a previous interview.
Candidates refrained from speaking about the controversy surrounding Morrissey. "The controversy with the politicians is kind of like a distraction more or less right now," says Lambert. "I think the community can be proud of the way that I've served," says Bagby.
Now whether or not there is a special election, the democratic primary will be held in June, the general election is in November.
So far, no Republicans or independents have announced they're intentions to run for the seat.