Dunnavant wins seat left vacant by Sen. Stosch

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Republican State Senate candidate Dr. Siobhan Dunnavant beat Democrat Deborah Repp and Independent Scott Johnson to take the seat left vacant by Walter Stosch.

The Associated Press called the race for Dunnavant around 9 p.m., two hours after the polls closed.

Dunnavant won 50 percent of the vote, despite a complaint alleging the Henrico doctor used her private patient information to solicit contributions, volunteers and votes. The campaign said the communications were appropriate with all applicable guidelines.

She addressed the issue shortly after her win on Tuesday.

"We looked at it before we released it and afterwards and there is no privacy violation so we are happy for the to take a look and we'll get that all sorted out in the end, it's not an issue," says Dunnavant.  "I just can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work, it's time to transition from campaigning to governing."

Dunnavant said she will be focusing on education, medicaid costs and improving the economy for small businesses owners.

The 12th Senate District leans Republican and was represented by Republican Senator Stosch for more than 23 years. Stosch decided against a run for reelection early this year.

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