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Lindsey declares win in 90th House Dristrict

Jordan Crawford | 8/25/2014, 2:42 p.m.
Democrat Joseph C. Lindsey, a Norfolk attorney will fill the 90th District House seat vacated by the resignation of Del. ...
Joseph Lindsey, the Democratic candidate for the 90th House District, is congratulated by Republican Marcus Calabrese last Tuesday night in Norfolk. Lindsey beat Calabrese in a special election to fill Del. Algie Howell's seat.

Democrat Joseph C. Lindsey, a Norfolk attorney will fill the 90th District House seat vacated by the resignation of Del. Algie Howell Jr. after winning last Tuesday’s election.

Lindsey, 55, handily defeated Republican Marcus A. Calabrese, 29, a public relations consultant, with about 80 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. The district includes eastern and southern portions of Norfolk and six precincts in western Virginia Beach.

After announcing his victory to supporters shortly after he’d received a text from Calabrese, Lindsey hugged and kissed his family.

Calabrese, who had been unable to reach Lindsey by phone, congratulated him and told him to “represent us well in Richmond.”

After calling Calabrese back, Lindsey said to his supporters, “I’m not going to make a speech… I will tell you I just got a call from Marcus. The results are in and I’m your new delegate,” he said.

Both candidates campaigned on making education a priority, saying public schools are underfunded.

Lindsey, who has lived in the district for most of his life, said he wants to expand programs for preschool and primary students. He said he would work to improve vocational and technical offerings for young people in the area. He also called for more transparency and accountability from the Norfolk School Board.

Lindsey also campaigned on expansion of Medicaid and voting rights. He spoke in favor of reforms to ethics and campaign finance laws and protecting the environment. And he said he opposes offshore drilling.

“I feel drained,” he said. “We had to do in seven weeks what traditionally you would do in six months. No one expected anything less and we didn’t expect anything less of ourselves.”

He said he would be meeting with the local delegation right away to discuss issues that “we as a region have to be concerned about.”

Lindsey said he already has a meeting planned with Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim about regional transportation initiatives.

Lindsey reported raising $57,414 and spending $12,778 during the short campaign. He had a wide base of support from local and state Democratic leaders.

Calabrese reported raising a fraction of that amount – about $2,150, including a $1,000 contribution from Republican Del. Scott Taylor. He spent $1,594.