Republican Wayne Coleman, left, and Democrat Lynwood Lewis are facing off in the special election to fill the senate seat being left vacant by Lieutenant Governor-elect Ralph Northam
Voters in Mathews County will join with others throughout Virginia’s 6th Senate District on Tuesday to elect a successor to Ralph Northam. Northam is vacating his state senate seat on Monday to become Virginia’s new lieutenant governor.
Candidates are Republican Wayne Coleman, 64, a first-time candidate and businessman who lives in Norfolk, and Democrat Lynwood A. Lewis Jr., 52, of Accomac, a lawyer who currently serves as the 100th district delegate in the Virginia General Assembly.
The 6th Senate District includes the Eastern Shore counties of Accomack and Northampton, parts of the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, as well as Mathews. Norfolk makes up the lion’s share of the population in the district, at 58 percent. Mathews represents approximately 7 percent of the district’s population. Gloucester County is part of Virginia’s 3rd Senatorial District, represented by Sen. Tommy K. Norment Jr. (R-James City County).
The election will follow normal voting procedures, according to Mathews General Registrar Ruth Ann Hutson. Hours will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the regular precinct polling places—Lee-Jackson Elementary School for the Chesapeake precinct, Mathews High School for the Piankatank precinct, and Thomas Hunter Middle School for the Westville precinct.
Voter registration for the election ended on Tuesday, along with the opportunity to mail in an absentee ballot. This Saturday is the final day for in-person absentee voting.