Delegate accused of forgery not certified in Va. Senate race

Joseph Morrissey

Joseph Morrissey

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Officials have decided that a delegate charged with fabricating a document is not certified to run as a Democrat in the race for Virginia’s 16th District Senate seat. The 16th District Democratic committee unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a finding that only 222 of the 972 signatures on former Del. Joe Morrisey’s petition were acceptable. The vote follows a review by district registrars. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that barring a successful court challenge, that means only two names will appear on the June Democratic primary ballot. Morrissey won re-election to his Richmond-area House seat in a January special election. He had resigned the seat after he was convicted in December 2014 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He still faces felony charges stemming from that case.

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