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RICHMOND, Va. – State democrats held on to one seat and gained a seat in Tuesday’s special elections in the 34th and 63rd House of Delegates districts. Kathleen Murphy won the 34th District seat and Joseph Preston took the 63rd District seat.

The 34th District covers portions of Fairfax and Loudoun counties, while the 63rd District is made up of the city of Petersburg and part of Hopewell, plus parts of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George counties.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe released the following statement after the election:

“I want to congratulate Delegates-elect Kathleen Murphy and Joseph Preston on their victories this evening and for running campaigns focused on the common-sense approach to economic growth that Virginians want. I am looking forward to working with them and legislators from both parties in the upcoming session to build a new, stronger Virginia economy.”

Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones echoed McAuliffe’s sentiment.

“I congratulate Kathleen Murphy and Joseph Preston on their victories in the 34th and 63rd House District special elections and I look forward to welcoming them to Richmond next week for the General Assembly session,” Jones said in a released statement. “I have no doubt they will serve the Commonwealth admirably and effectively as the newest Democratic legislators fighting for education investments, quality healthcare and growing a new Virginia economy.”

Murphy defeated Republican Craig A. Parisot to replace outgoing Republican Delegate Barbara Comstock.

“I’m incredibly grateful that the voters of the 34th District have chosen me to represent this wonderful community in Richmond,” Murphy said in a statement. “I promise to serve with honor and purpose and to always keep our priorities at the forefront of everything I do– education, transportation and keeping our families safe.

“I could not be more proud of the countless hours put in by staff, volunteers and supporters to get us to this day. This election proves that Northern Virginia voters are ready to get something done in Richmond, and I am honored to move forward with the task ahead of me.”

Preston beat Independent candidate William “Mouse” Jones to claim the seat vacated by Rosalyn Dance (D), who won a state senate seat in November.