A local prosecutor who serves as an executive officer on the Chesterfield County Republican Committee will kick off her campaign for Chesterfield commonwealth’s attorney on Saturday in a bid to unseat Democrat Scott Miles, who was elected two months ago to a one-year term.
Stacey T. Davenport, 41, who currently serves as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Henrico County, said she started thinking about running after Miles won the seat Nov. 6 by defeating Republican John Childrey, the office’s former chief deputy, with 51 percent of the vote.
“I started gathering paperwork and doing things like getting petition signatures ... pretty much after the turn of the new year,” Davenport said.
On Saturday, Del. Kirk Cox, speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, will join her at a campaign kickoff at the Collington clubhouse in Midlothian.
Should no other Republican seek the nomination before the filing deadline, Davenport will become the party’s candidate by default. Davenport sought the party’s nomination last year to run against Miles on Nov. 6 but lost to Childrey in a canvass of party members.
A special election was required because Billy Davenport, who retired July 1 after three decades at the helm, left a year and a half before his term expired. Billy Davenport and Stacey Davenport are not related.
The winner of this year’s election will hold the seat for a full, four-year term starting in 2020.
Davenport has served as a public defender in Richmond and has owned her own firm representing clients across central Virginia. She worked as a prosecutor in Essex County before joining the Henrico prosecutor’s office in 2016.