GRUNDY, Va. (WJHL) — Chad Dotson has become the third candidate to enter the race for the Virginia Senate seat previously held by Sen. Ben Chafin, who died from COVID-19.
Dotson is seeking the Republican nomination, which will be made through a party canvass on Jan. 21.
A current dean and constitutional law professor at the Appalachian School of Law, Dotson has served as a circuit court and general district court judge. He was elected in 2003 as commonwealth’s attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton.
“I’m running in the Special Election because I know we need a conservative voice who will continue the work that Senator Ben Chafin started,” Dotson said in a news release. “We need a Senator in Richmond who will fight to bring jobs to Southwest Virginia, defend our special way of life, and preserve the values we hold dear – lower taxes, less spending, defending the Second Amendment, preserving life, having the back of law enforcement professionals, and fighting for the rule of law.”
A special election will be held March 23.