Roanoke Republicans have formally set a firehouse primary for Dec. 10 to nominate a candidate for the special election for the 11th District House of Delegates seat.
The primary will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Roanoke Civic Center, said Roanoke City GOP Chairman John Brill. Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson, who lost her bid for a third term earlier this month, and party activist Caleb Coulter have announced their candidacies for the Republican nomination. They have until the end of next week to officially file for the primary, Brill said.
The party initially planned to have voting at three precincts across the city. At the request of both candidates, the primary instead will be held at one central location. Democrats will hold their primary at the civic center’s Special Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, with voting running from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The date for the special election has not been set.