Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Dotson cleared of election fraud in Tazewell, Virginia

Dotson cleared of election fraud in Tazewell, Virginia

  • Updated
  • 1
{{featured_button_text}}

TAZEWELL, Va. – An investigation by the Virginia State Police has cleared a professor at Appalachian School of Law of allegations of election fraud.

Prior to the Jan. 23 Republican primary for the 38th District Senate seat, complaints were filed with the voter registrars in Tazewell and Buchanan counties alleging that candidate Chad Dotson did not live in the district. As required by law, both registrars forwarded the complaint to their commonwealth’s attorneys’ offices for investigation.

Both Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Plaster and Buchanan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Arrington cited conflicts with the probe and asked that a special prosecutor to be appointed. Circuit Judge Rich Patterson granted the requests Jan. 20 and appointed Roanoke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Holohan to handle the complaints.

Holohan said Feb. 18 that he asked the Virginia State Police to investigate. After reviewing the evidence collected, the VSP said it did not believe there was any wrongdoing.

Dotson owns a home in Wise County, which is across the street from the district line. His family lives in the Wise County home and he stays in an apartment near the law school, which is in the district and was the address he used to file for election.

Dotson, a former commonwealth’s attorney and judge, has said he plans to buy a home in Buchanan County. Dotson finished second to Travis Hackworth in the primary to run for the state Senate seat that was held by Ben Chafin, who died Jan. 1 from complications of COVID-19.

Hackworth faces Democrat Laurie Buchwald in the March 23 special election.

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Recommended for you

Welcome to the Conversation

No name-calling, personal insults or threats. No attacks based on race, gender, ethnicity, etc. No writing with your caps lock on – it's screaming. Keep on topic and under 1,500 characters. No profanity or vulgarity. Stay G- or PG-rated.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

News Alerts