- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

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 (https://bit.ly/1Arb8bJ) reports the Democratic Party members will nominate a candidate Monday.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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