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Joe Lindsey to take over vacant House seat

7/7/2014, 12:30 p.m.
Lindesy, 54, beat out two other competitors to succeed former Del. Algie Howell.

As of Saturday after a three-way race, the nominee to succeed former Del. Algie Howell in the Virginia House of Delegates is Local attorney Joe Lindsey.

Lindsey had Howell’s support and beat out Rick James and Alex Askew in a quickly decided caucus vote.

He may turn out to be the default winner of the Aug. 19 special election for Howell’s 90th House District seat. There is no Republican candidate so far in the heavily Democratic district, and the filing deadline was 5 p.m. Monday.

Lindsey won 250 votes, James 177 and Askew 25.

Howell resigned his seat last Monday, six months after beginning his sixth two-year term. Last Thursday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed him vice chairman of the state Parole Board.

Lindsey, 54, is a Norfolk native who has practiced law in Hampton Roads for 30 years.

He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and Hampton University. He received his law degree from American University.

He has been a substitute judge for the past 15 years and is a former chief deputy prosecutor in the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. He is married and has two children.

In 1992, Lindsey ran unsuccessfully for commonwealth’s attorney.

“I said to myself then I would never run in another election unless I had the fire in the belly and thought I could be effective,” he said Saturday. “I was born in the 90th District and have lived here all my life. I know the issues and the people.”

James, a retired Norfolk police officer, ran unsuccessfully against Howell in 2011 and 2013. Askew is a Virginia Beach political consultant.

Included in the district are 12 precincts in eastern and southern Norfolk and six precincts in western Virginia Beach.