Virginia lawmaker who resigned won’t seek seat again as Democrat

Joseph Morrissey

Joseph Morrissey

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia lawmaker who recently submitted his resignation says he will not seek the Democratic nomination for the House of Delegates seat in a special election. Joseph D. Morrissey could still run as an independent or not at all. He said Saturday he will make that decision in the next few days. The 57-year-old Morrissey entered an Alford plea earlier this month in connection with charges that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenager. The Democrat announced Thursday he had submitted his resignation but planned to run for the same seat in a Jan. 13 special election. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Democratic Party members will nominate a candidate Monday.

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