HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Disgraced former Virginia lawmaker Joe Morrissey will seek to reclaim his House of Delegates seat in a special election Tuesday.
The Henrico County Democrat resigned his seat under fire last month after being convicted on a misdemeanor charge involving a sex scandal with a teenage girl working at his law office. He then decided to run for his seat as an independent, saying voters should decide whether he continues to serve in the General Assembly even as he serves a six-month jail sentence.
Some showed up to a community forum held over the weekend by candidates looking to fill the delegate’s seat in the 74th district to express their disdain for him.
Family members of the young woman Morrissey was convicted of having an inappropriate relationship with were at the forum in full force, holding signs saying not to elect Morrissey. Organizers asked them to leave, saying that they were disrupting the intent of the forum.
Morrissey spoke about the demonstrators while at the forum.
“The father of the young lady, his antics like disrupting the meeting are over the top but the truth will come out,” Morrissey said.
Republican Matt Walton was also on hand to meet with 74th district voters.
Democrat Kevin Sullivan did not attend. According to the Times Dispatch, he held a separate rally in Charles City County.
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