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Moran Wins Support in Fairfax

Tim Craig

A majority of the Democrats on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and county school board announced today they are supporting Brian Moran's bid for governor.

At an event in Fairfax City, Moran was also endorsed by several delegates and the City of Fairfax Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Local 2702.

"I know Brian and he's a strong fighter for our community. He has worked hard to get results and understands the needs of local government," said Supervisor Penny Gross, who represents the Mason District. "For 20 years Brian's been fighting for our community, now we're going to fight for him."

With more than 1 million residents, Fairfax County will play a crucial role in this year's election. In the 2006 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, just under one out of every fourth vote was cast in Fairfax County.

Moran, who used to represents a small part of Fairfax County in the House of Delegates, hopes to be viewed as the hometown candidate in this year's primary. But Terry McAuliffe, who is also a candidate for the nomination, lives in McLean. And the Democratic state senators who represent Fairfax, including Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, are supporting the third candidate in the race, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath).

In addition to Gross, Supervisors Jeff McKay (Lee) John Foust (Dranesville) and Gerry Hyland (Mount Vernon endorsed Moran today.

He was also endorsed by School Board Chairman Dan Stork (Mount Vernon) and board members Jim Raney (At-Large), Brad Center (Lee), Jane Strauss (Dranesville) and
Phillip Niedzielski-Eichner (Providence).

Several local officials and Fairfax Democratic activists also announced their support, including, Fairfax City Councilman Dan Drummond, Fairfax City Democratic Committee Chairman Joe Harmon, former Fairfax Democratic Committee Chair Ginny Peters,
former School Board Member Isis Castro, former School Board Member Bob Frye and
former state Senator Emilie Miller.

"We've turned Fairfax blue and Brian Moran was a key element of that success." Peter said. "He's helped key candidates get ready to run and helped campaigns for over a decade. With Brian's leadership, we've built a grassroots organization in Fairfax County that wins."

By Tim Craig  |  March 17, 2009; 2:53 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Tim Craig  
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You don't build up the volume of endorsements that Brian is racking up without building strong relationships, which Brian has been doing for the past 12 years. Over the past few months Brian has been traveling the Commonwealth and securing a long list of local endorsements all over Virginia. For a list of the public local endorsements up until today, go to the link below.

Brian Moran Public Endorsements

Posted by: ToddMSmyth | March 17, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

What's the score, like 400 for Moran and 14 for McAuliffe?

Posted by: SPMET | March 17, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I was at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax when all these endorsements were announced. I think it's extremely important to note that this is just one in a long series of endorsements that he has received from community leaders throughout the Commonwealth.

Brian spoke today about how he is building his campaign from the ground up and truly believes in having a governor that engages the public on the important issues. We've seen Brian do just that not only during this campaign, but during his time in the House of Delegates and as a prosecutor in Arlington. It's clear that he believes in the honor of public service and sincerely hope he becomes the next governor of Virginia.

Posted by: BryanScrafford | March 17, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I guess all those folks couldn't make it out last night. Oh well.

Posted by: UVANick | March 18, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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