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Werkheiser 'Watching' Albo for '09

Tim Craig

With the 2007 election over, some Democrats are already thinking ahead to 2009. And one Republican delegate who ran unopposed this year, David B. Albo of Fairfax County, is expected to be a top Democratic target.

Democratic sources say Greg Werkheiser, who narrowly lost to Albo in 2005, is thinking about making the race. In an interview today, Werkheiser said he will be "watching to see if there is any change in the way Mr. Albo has been representing the district."

The 42nd District includes Springfield and southern Fairfax County, where Democrat George Barker did well in his victory Tuesday over Sen. James K. "Jay" O'Brien (R-Fairfax).

Albo, first elected in 1994, was the main sponsor of the steep new fees on bad drivers. During the height of the controversy this summer, Albo often joked how lucky he was to be running unopposed in 2007.

Werkheiser, 34, said he didn't run against Albo this year because he recently left his law practice to start The Phoenix Project, an organization that seeks to partner with colleges to alleviate poverty. By 2009, Werkheiser said, his professional obligations may be more limited.

"I had professional commitments that precluded me from doing it this time," Werkheiser said. "I am still working on that venture, but clearly Mr. Albo seems to continue to not get it that the politics he is pursuing is not consistent with the values of our district."

Werkheiser noted that about 13 percent of the electorate wrote in someone's name Tuesday instead of voting for Albo

By Tim Craig  |  November 8, 2007; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  Abusive Driver Fees , Election 2007 , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008 , Tim Craig  
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