Richmond, VA – Tonight, the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee voted unanimously to hold an unassembled caucus, commonly known as a Firehouse Primary, to determine its nominee for the upcoming Special Election to fill the unexpired term of the late Congressman A. Donald McEachin.
Under the Commonwealth’s election law, the nominating process for Special Elections not occurring concurrently with a November General Election must be party-run. Per the Governor’s writ of election, each party must nominate their candidate by 5:00 PM on December 23. In order to meet the time constraints of the Governor’s writ of election while operating a transparent, open, and fair election, the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee voted to hold a Firehouse Primary on Tuesday, December 20, 2022.
Details regarding voting locations and times will follow as they are determined by the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee.
“A Firehouse Primary allows as many candidates and voters to participate in the democratic process as possible,” said Alexsis Rodgers, the Chairwoman of the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee. “The Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee is committed to holding a smooth, transparent, and expedient process to select a nominee.”
To file, candidates must submit a $3,480 filing fee and signatures from 150 registered voters in the 4th Congressional District, along with a declaration of candidacy, to the VA-04 Democratic Committee by 12:00 PM on Friday, December 16, 2022.
The Democratic nominee chosen by the Firehouse Primary on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 will advance to the Special Election to be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
For additional information, contact:
Chairwoman, Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee
+1 (804) 519-0664