General-AssemblyGovernor Bob McDonnell has set January 7 as the date for a special election to fill the House of Delegates seat being vacated by Del. Onzlee Ware of Roanoke. That’s the day before the General Assembly opens its 2014 session. So far, four Democrats and two Republicans are seeking that seat.

The Democrats are Roanoke City Councilman David Trinkle, Roanoke City Vice-Mayor Court Rosen, Trish White-Boyd, and Sam Rasoul. Democrats will nominate their candidate at a firehouse primary at the Roanoke Civic Center December 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The two Republicans in the race are Roanoke City Sheriff Octavia Johnson and Caleb Coulter. Republicans plan a firehouse primary on December 10, with voting at three locations.