Connolly Endorses Keam in 35th District House Race
U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) has endorsed Mark L. Keam in the four-man race for the Democratic nomination in the House of Delegates' 35th District.
Connolly's endorsement comes a day after one of Keam's opponents, Roy J. Baldwin, criticized Keam for his work as a federal lobbyist for Verizon. Keam is a former chief counsel to Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and also worked stints at the Federal Communications Commission and Small Business Administration.
Keam is also a Korean-born immigrant, a potential advantage in increasingly diverse and Democrat-leaning Fairfax County. And he has raised more money than the other three contenders, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
"Mark Keam is a standout," Connolly said in a statement tonight. "He has the experience, energy and character to be an effective leader in the House of Delegates. He will fight for Fairfax and Vienna in Richmond, helping us get our fair share of transportation and education funding. I fully endorse his election."
Baldwin is a lawyer in private practice, as is a third candidate, former Fairfax County prosecutor John F. Carroll. A fourth candidate, Esam S. Omeish, is a Muslim-American activist and chief of surgery at Inova Alexandria Hospital.
The winner of the June 9 primary will face Republican Jim Hyland, former chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.
May 28, 2009; 9:05 PM ET
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