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Moran May Seek Two Jobs (Updated)

Tim Craig

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) is considering running simultaneously this spring for both his House of Delegates seat as well as the Democratic nomination for governor.

Jesse F. Ferguson, Moran's communications director, said Moran will decide by Jan. 1 whether he plans to seek both positions. If Moran runs for both jobs, he would be all but guaranteed a job in 2010 if he loses his race for governor. If he wins the Democratic nomination for governor, Moran would most likely have to give up his House seat this summer, allowing the local Democratic comittee to decide the nominee for his House seat.

Ferguson said Moran is contemplating seeking reelection to the House as well as run for governor because the Alexandria Democratic Committee asked him to. But Susan B. Kellom, chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee, said Moran approached her about seeking both jobs.

"That is a decision Brian made and it is perfectly legal under state law," Kellom said. "He asked how I felt about it and I said, 'I am fine with it.' I am absolutely comfortable with him running for both....He is one of the finest members of the House of Delegates we can

(Kellom has since written an email saying the Washington Post was "playing with semantics" in asking who asked whom that Moran run for reelection to his House seat. "I was on a call with his staff on another matter and told them that it was the best idea, and my preference that he run for both offices." Kellom wrote. "I expressed my preference and urged them to adopt it. I certainly think they could say I asked him but I didn't characterize it that way because I didn't want to seem presumptuous.")

Until recently, Moran had been widely expected to give up his House seat, clearing the way for another Democrat to take his seat. Former Alexandria mayor Kerry J. Donley, a Democrat, stepped down from his position as athletic director for Alexandria City Schools earlier this year and announced he planned to run for Moran's House seat.

Donley was unavailable to comment today, but Democratic officials say he now plans to run for the Alexandria City Council.

By Tim Craig  |  November 19, 2008; 9:42 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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I am a life-long Democrat and Alexandrian. I think that Brian Moran absolutely should keep his name on the ballot for the state House. We all know that Terry McAullife is going to try to buy the Governor's Mansion - there have been stories all week about it all over Virginia. Even the Virginia Pilot:

I don't think McAullife will be successful, and I hope that he isn't. But if he is, Brian's been a great public servant and leader for Virginia Democrats. He's helped win seats in the state House for years. We don't want to lose him!!!!

Posted by: johnnyb05 | November 19, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

But what about new blood? It may be time for Brian to show some confidence and also support the Democratic movement: change for the future.

Posted by: VADelegate09 | November 21, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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