In a firehouse primary Saturday, Democrats chose Imbraheem Samirah to run in the 86th District of the House of Delegates.
Samirah, a dentist, won 733 votes out of 2,047 cast. He defeated 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.
The seat was vacated by Democrat Jennifer Boysko, who won a special election for the 33rd Senate District on Jan. 8, to finish the last 12 months of now-Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s term.
In an emailed statement, Boysko congratulated Samirah for his victory. “I pledge my full support to Ibraheem for the coming campaign and look forward to working with him in the Virginia General Assembly. I know Ibraheem will continue the great work we have done in working to reduce gun violence, supporting our schools and teachers, and building an economy that works for everyone.”
The special election will be held Feb. 19. 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.
Although most of the 86th 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.