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Moran Receives Martinsville Support

Anita Kumar

Democratic officials in Martinsville today endorsed Del. Brian J. Moran of Alexandria for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Moran received the support of House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong, Martinsville Sheriff Steven Draper, president of the Virginia Sheriffs' Association, and Martinsville Democratic Committee Chair Lorene Martin.

They stressed Moran's commitment to rural economic development, plans to re-energize Virginia's economy and his ability to win across Virgina, including rural regions.

"I am honored to have the support of these community leaders," Moran said. "I plan on being a champion of rural Virginia in the governor's office just as (former governor) Mark Warner has always been. I know that Virginia needs a leader with a record of fighting for the hard-working men and women of rural Virginia."

Armstrong's endorsement was not surprise. The two are close friends and work closely as the two top Democrats in the House.

Armstong said he had lunch recently with Terry McAuliffe, who is considering a run for governor, but that he told the former Democratic National Committee chairman that he was supporting Moran.

"As the leader of House Democrats, I know that Brian has a real record of fighting and winning for Virginia Democrats all over our Commonwealth,'' Armstrong said. "He can win in every region and I know that Southside will have a friend in the governor's office with Brian Moran. I've been proud to serve with him and I am proud to support him."

Moran also faces Sen. R. Creigh Deeds for the nomination. Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell is the Republican nominee.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 4, 2008; 11:38 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Terry McAuliffe  
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