ROANOKE, Va. -

Sam Rasoul has won Tuesday’s special election to fill Onzlee Ware’s 11th District Virginia House of Delegates seat.

The Democrat defeated Octavia Johnson in a special election held Tuesday night, garnering 70 percent of the vote.

The 11th District covers the Roanoke area.

Ware, a Democrat, announced in November that he would step down because of his mother’s failing health.

Johnson served as Roanoke City Sheriff for eight years before losing a re-election bid to Tim Allen in November.

Rasoul previously ran unsuccessful campaigns against Bob Goodlatte for the 6th District U.S. Congress seat and against David Bowers for Roanoke Mayor.

Wednesday in Richmond Rasoul will be sworn in for the start of the General Assembly session.

A special election was also held Tuesday in the 6th District Virginia Senate race between Republican businessman Wayne Coleman and Democratic delegate Lynwood Lewis.

The special election was needed to fill Ralph Northam’s seat. Northam was elected lieutenant governor.

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