- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Virginia House Minority Leader Del. David J. Toscano has announced that he will step down from the position.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Toscano, a Charlottesville lawyer who has served as the Democratic leader since 2011, announced his plans to colleagues Thursday night.

Toscano says he no longer has the time or the energy to spend on the job. He says he is hoping to spend more time with his wife and son.

The email was first reported by Democratic blog Blue Virginia.

A former mayor of Charlottesville, Toscano was first elected to the House in 2005. In the 2015 legislative cycle, he contributed more than $350,000 in campaign funds to help elect Democrats.

It was unclear Friday morning when Democrats plan to meet to choose Toscano’s successor.

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