Republicans in Virginia’s 33rd Senate district will meet Dec. 16 to select the GOP nominee for the race to fill the potential vacancy of state Sen. Mark D. Herring’s seat.

Herring (D) was declared the certified winner of the Virginia attorney general race by just 165 votes. A recount requested by his Republican opponent, state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, is expected to be completed this month.

Mark Sell, chairman of the 33rd Senate Republican Legislative District Committee, called for the Dec. 16 mass meeting this week.

The meeting will be held at Park View High School in Sterling. Voters who wish to participate are required to “be in accord with the principles of the Republican Party,” and must register, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m., according to the announcement. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m., the announcement said.

Three Republican candidates are vying for the party’s nomination. State Del. Joe T. May, who has long represented Virginia’s 33rd House district but lost the June Republican primary to Dave LaRock, announced Monday that he would campaign for Herring’s seat.

Conservative pundit Ron Meyer and 10th Congressional District Republican Committee Chairman John Whitbeck are also competing for the nomination.

The chosen GOP nominee will face Democrat Jennifer Wexton, a Leesburg attorney who won a Nov. 23 Democratic firehouse primary.

A date for a special election has not yet been announced.