Beyer Focuses in F.C., New Candidate Announces

Falls Church businessman and former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer, fresh off an important straw poll win at the annual U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly’s St. Patrick’s Day fete Monday, continued to focus on Falls Church in his campaign for the U.S. Congress this week. He appeared before the F.C. City Democratic Committee Tuesday night and is slated to greet citizens at the historic Henderson House on S. Maple tomorrow. He also was scheduled to hold a fundraiser with former Vermont Gov. Madeline Kunin in tow in next-door McLean this morning. Also holding a fundraiser in F.C. this week is State Sen. Adam Ebbin, at a private home tonight. He will officially kick off his campaign in Alexandria Saturday with an event hosted by State Sen. Patsy Ticer. As the deadline for official filing for the June 10 Democratic primary looms in one week, the field of candidates continues at 11. The dropping out of State Del. Mark Sickles was offset by the announcement of a new candidate, Arlington’s Nancy Najarian, this week. Narajian is a small business owner and mother of two. State Del. Patrick Hope of Arlington has already submitted his 1,000 petitions, filing fee and paperwork, and claimed victory in a straw poll at Arlington County Treasurer Frank O’Leary’s St. Patrick’s Day Party Sunday night. He won 44 percent of just under 200 votes cast, finishing ahead of Beyer (24 percent) and State Sen. Adam Ebbin (20 percent). In Monday night’s at Connolly’s annual St. Patrick’s Day fete in Fairfax County, Beyer finished in front, outpolling the field with 35 percent of the total.