ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Del. Onzlee Ware says he'll resign his seat in the House of Delegates to spend more time with his ailing mother.
The Democrat representing the 11th House District, which covers most of Roanoke, was elected to a sixth term last week.
The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/HQ1R5B) that Ware announced his intentions Thursday, which will trigger a special election.
Ware's mother Edna Ware Taylor has been in a nursing home since suffering a stroke three months ago.
Ware says it would be a "great burden" to fulfill his responsibilities as a legislator while also maintaining his Roanoke law practice and looking after his mother's care.
The 59-year-old was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2003, becoming the first black delegate to represent a district west of Lynchburg.
Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com
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