Moran Picks up Endorsements
Del. Brian J. Moran (Alexandria), a Democratic candidate for governor, announced today he has been endorsed by a majority of the members on the state party's steering committee.
The individual endorsements do not reflect a collective decision from the committee, but Moran has picked up support from several longtime party activists and local district chairs.
The list of officials now backing Moran include: party secretary Pixie Bell, George Burke, 11th District Chair, Sandra Brandt, 2nd District Chair, Marjorie Clark, 7th District Chair, Audrey Collins, 4th District Chair, . Kerry Donley, Immediate Past Chair,. Treasurer Abbi Easter, Rich Galecki, 10th District Chair, Margo Horner, 8th District Chair, Frank Leone, Jr., DNC Member, Gene Magruder, Chair of the Va. Association of Democratic Chairs, Suzette Matthews, 1st District Chair, Evelyn Morris-Harris, Chair of the Democratic Black Caucus of Va., Rachel Rifkind, Chair of the Women's Caucus and Justin Wilson, vice chair of Technology and Communications.
Moran was also endorsed by Mame Reiley and Del. Lionell Spruill, both DNC members who sit on the steering committee. But Reiley and Spruill are both political strategists that are already being paid by Moran's campaign. The endorsements come as Moran and the two other contenders for the nomination, Terry McAuliffe and state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (Bath), are trying to lock up support in preparation for the spring campaign.
"I have been a member of the steering committee since 1992 and I don't ever recall in a primary that number of members who actually endorsed, so we are really, really excited," said Reiley, Moran's senior strategist. "Brian has a long record of service in Virginia and of winning races all over the state and people recognize he has spent the last 12 years fighting for various candidates in Virginia....Brian is someone they know."
A Washington Post poll last month showed Moran with a slim lead among Democrats and Independents who lean Democratic, but the fight for the nomination is essentially a toss up with the primary still more than seven months away.
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