Joe Morrissey is Resigning

But he's going to run for his seat again in a special election.


  • Scott Elmquist

Delegate Joe Morrissey says he's resigning his seat in the House of Delegates, but he plans to run for his seat in the special election triggered by his decision to step down.

"Let's let the voters decide and I'm looking forward to their verdict," Morrissey told a crowd of reporters in his office on Thursday.

That means Morrissey -- as his colleagues have feared -- could wind up commuting from jail in New Kent County for the coming General Assembly session.

Morrissey is serving a six-month jail sentence for a conviction of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Morrissey was granted work release by a judge last week after entering an Alford plea in the case, meaning he could have continued serving in the General Assembly from jail.

Morrissey's resignation is effective January 13, the day of a special election to fill the seat.

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