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Columbus School of Law in Front and Center in Virginia Special Election

Voters in the Alexandria-based 46th district of the Virginia House of Delegates can be sure of one thing: Their next representative will have earned a law degree from Catholic University. That is also true of the elected official they are vying to replace.

In an all-CUA law election, Republican Joe Murray, 3E, will face Democrat Charniele Herring, 1997, in a special election on Jan. 13, 2009, to fill the seat of longtime Delegate Brian J. Moran, 1989.

Moran is currently running for governor of Virginia and unexpectedly resigned his seat after 13 years of service to concentrate on the tightening race for the state's top job. The vacancy prompted a primary election on Dec. 16 that produced Murray and Herring as their party's nominees. Murray, a special assistant to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), decided to file as a candidate for the Republican nomination only hours before the voting began, according to GOP officials.

Herring, who was homeless as a teenager but rose to become an attorney and civic activist, received 191 votes and defeated Ariel Gonzalez for the Democratic nomination. Gonzalez is also a graduate of the Columbus School of Law, class of 2008!

"CUA law produces quality lawyers and public servants," says Murray, noting the preponderance of alumni in this election scenario.

The winner of the special election will likely be sworn in the following day, when the Virginia General Assembly convenes for a 45-day session.