The man who was re-elected to represent the Burke area as a state delegate in November was instead sworn in as a state senator when the Virginia General Assembly convened last Wednesday.
David Marsden won a Jan. 12 special election against Republican Stephen Hunt, a former Fairfax County School Board member, by 327 votes.
The win increases the Democrats' majority in the Senate to 22-18. The 37th District seat, which covers parts of Burke, Fairfax, Clifton, Centreville and Chantilly, was formerly held by Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Marsden, 61, a juvenile justice expert at Development Services Group Inc., ran on a moderate platform and publicly criticized outgoing Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's (D) proposed budget for its reliance on tax increases. He served two terms in the House of Delegates.
"I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the Senate to ensure we keep fighting for small businesses, we keep education funding strong for Fairfax and we responsibly balance the budget to move Virginia forward," Marsden said.
Before leaving office, Kaine set the special election for Marsden's 41st District delegate seat for March 2.
Republican Kerry Bolognese is trying again to win the seat after he came within 200 votes of Marsden during the general election in November.
Bolognese, vice president for international programs at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, says he would pursue a broad platform emphasizing education funding, transportation solutions, crime prevention and fiscal responsibility. He kicked off his campaign in Springfield on Saturday.
The Fairfax County Democratic Committee has scheduled a caucus Sunday to select its nominee for the 41st District special election. Candidates must file by Thursday to be eligible for the nomination. Sunday's caucus will be from noon until 5 p.m. at the Braddock District Government Center, 9002 Burke Lake Road in Burke.
The filing deadline for the special election is Jan. 29.