Democratic Special Primary for 86th House District Saturday

Democrats will hold a special firehouse primary on Saturday to pick their candidate for State Sen. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-33)’s vacant seat in the House of Delegates. There will be a special election to fill the seat on Feb. 19.

Boysko’s election to fill Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-VA-10)’s former seat in the state Senate leaves the 86th House District starting the General Assembly session without representation. A date has not yet been set for a special election to fill that seat, although Democrats are holding their primary for that special election Saturday, only four days after Boysko’s electoral victory Tuesday.

Democrats will choose from among dentist Imbraheem Samirah; attorney and former Herndon mayor Mike O’Reilly; Fairfax NAACP president, rental property business owner and veteran Kofi Annan; and public affairs consultant Chad Thompson.

Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Democrats living in the 86th District. Although most of the district is in Fairfax, a portion of it is in eastern Loudoun bordered by the W&OD Trail to the south, Sterling Boulevard to the west, and East Juniper Avenue, Oak Tree Lane and Sugarland Road to the north.

The Fairfax Democrats will be collecting ballots at Franklin Middle School in Chantilly and Dranesville Elementary School in Herndon.

Republicans have not yet identified their candidates for the special election.

“We’re working on identifying the best candidates,” said Jim Bonfils, chairman of Loudoun GOP. He anticipates the special election will be held in February.

Voters can look up polling information including their House district at

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