What is expected to be a large field of Democratic candidates vying to replace 23-year-veteran Rep. Jim Moran in the U.S. Congress will duke it out in a June 10 general primary, members of the party’s 8th District committee decided at its monthly meeting Monday night in Alexandria.
It will be the same date as the primary for the adjacent 10th congressional district, where long-time Republican Rep. Frank Wolf is retiring, creating what most think will be a wide open race that could go either way.
As for the 8th District, it is generally held to be overwhelmingly Democratic. It includes Arlington, Alexandria, the City of Falls Church and small sections of Fairfax County, and whoever wins the Democratic nomination for this position will be the overwhelming favorite to win the general election in November.
Moran was present at Monday night’s 8th District meeting, his first significant public appearance among party loyalists since announcing last week that he will not seek a 13th term this year. He came to the meeting with his daughter Mary, her family, his son Patrick, and the entirety of his staff.
According to Betty Coll, chair of the Falls Church City Democratic Committee and a member of the 8th District committee, Moran told the assembled, “One of the best parts of being a congressman has been meeting such wonderful people who have become great friends.” He also extolled the virtues of his staff “who helped with so many 8th District citizens who needed help with issues within or outside of government.” He assured the committee that he will continue working as an advocate for the issues that are important to him.
He also praised his staff for its work of constituency services, handling the individual concerns and needs of citizens in his district.
According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, to qualify for the ballot in a June 10 party primary, a candidate must submit at least 1,000 signatures and pay a $3,480 filing fee by a March 27 deadline.
While there is a long list of prospective Democrats who may run, the only one to announce so far is Bruce Shuttleworth, a retired Navy fighter pilot and marketing executive who fell far short when he challenged Moran in the Democratic primary in 2012.
The list of possible candidates includes former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer Jr., Alexandria Mayor William Euille, Virginia Democratic Chair Del. Charniele Herring, State Sen. Adam Ebbin, Del. Patrick Hope, Del. Robert Krupicka, Del. Alfonso Lopez, Del. Mark Sickles, Del. Scott Surovell, Arlington County Board member Jay Fisette, and Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay.
As for the 10th District primary, so far Dranesville District (McLean) Supervisor John Foust has been the most prominent person to announce, with architect and author Sam Kubba and attorney Richard Bolger also planning to run. Foust took his campaign to Richmond for the inaugural ceremonies for Gov. Terry McAuliffe that included an address to the Inaugural Brunch hosted by the LGBT Democrats of Virginia.
On the Republican side in the 10th District, Loudoun County State Sen. Dick Black and McLean Del. Barbara Comstock have announced so far, and have already squared off with Black boasting his more conservative credentials. It has not yet been decided by the GOP whether the choice will be made in an open primary or closed assembly.