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Loudoun Officials Endorse Moran

Anita Kumar

A majority of Loudoun County's elected Democrats endorsed Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) today in his bid for governor next year.

The officials cited Moran's ability to win the swing county as well as his understanding of suburban communities and his history of working with the last two Democratic governors, Timothy M. Kaine and Mark R. Warner.

"Loudoun is the key to victory in Virginia and Loudoun Democrats know Brian Moran can win here," said Kelly Burk, a member of the Board of Supervisors. "We have to make sure that the Democratic nominee can win decisively in Northern Virginia and the suburbs. That's what it takes to win."

The officials represent about two-thirds of Loudoun's elected Democrats, including members of the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg mayor, as well as state legislators.

"It is an honor to receive the support of so many of Virginia's leaders," Moran said in a news conference at the Old Loudoun County Court House. "Here in Loudoun, Democrats know what it takes to win -- a Virginia leader with a record of winning races and partnering with Mark Warner and Tim Kaine."

Moran, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, faces state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (Bath) in the Democratic primary. Deeds narrowly lost a bid for attorney general in 2005, to Robert F. McDonnell, the presumptive GOP nominee for governor next year. Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe filed paperwork Monday to launch a potential candidacy for governor and will make a decision in January.

"It's clear that Northern Virginia will be one of many battleground areas in this election and Senator Deeds is doing as well if not better than his two opponents from inside the Beltway," said Peter Jackson, a Deeds spokesman. Jackson cited support from Northern Virginians, including Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington), who serves as chairwoman of the Senate Democratic caucus, Fairfax County's chief prosecutor, Raymond F. Morrogh, and his predecessor, Robert F. Horan Jr.

Mo Elleithee, a consultant to McAuliffe, called the endorsements "terrific" for Moran. "It's really good to see Democrats engaged in the race at this early stage, and that's a great thing ultimately for the party," he said.

Loudoun officials endorsing Moran include Dels. David E. Poisson (D-Loudoun) and C. Charles Caputo (D-Fairfax), Board of Supervisors members Susan Klimek Buckley (Sugarland Run), Kelly Burk (Leesburg) and Stevens Miller (Dulles), School Board members John Stevens and Priscilla Godfrey, Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd and Leesburg Council members Marty Martinez and David Butler.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 13, 2008; 5:33 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell  
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