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Petersburg Officials Endorse Moran

Tim Craig

Most of the elected officials who represent Petersburg, a majority black city south of Richmond, announced today they are supporting Brian Moran's bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Moran was endorsed by: Petersburg Mayor Annie M. Mickens, Vice Mayor Horace Webb, Sheriff Vanessa Crawford, state Del. Rosalyn Dance and three city council members.

"We face tough challenges in the next few years and we need someone with a proven record of fighting for people as our next Governor," Mickens said.

Although it has only 32,000 residents, Petersburg is an important component of the Democratic base in Virginia. Last year, President Obama won 89 percent of the vote in Petersburg, where African Americans account for 80 percent of the population.

On Tuesday, Moran was also endorsed by a prominent African-American official in Richmond, Commonwealth Attorney Michael N. Herring.

Richmond is shaping up as ground zero in the endorsement battle between Moran and state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (Bath), who is also a candidate for the nomination.

In December, Deeds picked up support from Sen. Henry L. Marsh III (D-Richmond), former Richmond Mayor Walter T. Kenney Sr, Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr, Former Commonwealth's Attorney David M. Hicks, City Council President William J. Pantele and several city council and school board members.

In addition to Herring, Moran is being supported by Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and several delegates.

Terry McAuliffe, another candidate for the nomination, is being supported by Del. Franklin P. Hall (D-Richmond).

One well-known Richmond resident, former governor and mayor L. Douglas Wilder, has yet to state his choice for governor.

By Tim Craig  |  February 11, 2009; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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