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State delegate resigns for job with Biden


A seven-term Democratic member of the House of Delegates from Northern Virginia has resigned his seat, a move that will set up a special election to fill the vacancy in the blue-leaning district.

Del. Mark L. Keam (D-fairfax) told House Speaker Todd Gilbert (R-shenandoah) that he was stepping down to take a job in the Biden administra­tion, said Garren Shipley, a spokespers­on for Gilbert. The resignatio­n was effective Tuesday, Shipley said.

Keam, an attorney, was first elected to his Fairfax Countybase­d district in 2009.

Shipley said discussion­s are underway about the timing of a special election, which will not have an impact on the GOP’S control of the chamber.

Bryan Graham, chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, said in a statement that the group was formalizin­g its plans to operate an “open and fair process” to choose its nominee.

One contender, Fairfax County School Board member Karl Frisch, announced his candidacy Tuesday.

Graham’s statement thanked Keam for his service and noted that he made history as the first Asian-born immigrant and the first Korean American elected to any state office in Virginia.

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