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Another Big Name in the 47th House District

Amy Gardner

The endorsements in Arlington's 47th House District, where five men are vying in Tuesday's Democratic primary to replace Del. Al Eisenberg, keep rollin' in. Today, retired U.S. Army general Wesley Clark endorsed Adam Parkhomenko.

We're not sure how Clark, a presidential contender in 2004, feels about widening Interstate 66, preserving affordable housing along Route 50 or fostering transit-oriented development around North Arlington's Orange Line Metro stations.

But we do know that Parkhomenko, a 23-year-old former campaign staffer last year to Hillary Rodham Clinton, has put his national political connections to work. Parkhomenko also nabbed the endorsement of former president Bill Clinton, who has placed robocalls into the district on Parkhomenko's behalf.

Other (Virginia) political leaders are split. Del. Bob Brink and state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple endorsed Patrick Hope, a civic activist and adjunct professor of health at Johns Hopkins University. Arlington board member Chris Zimmerman supports Andres Tobar, a veteran of the U.S. Department of Education who directs a day-labor center. A number of Virginia's liberal blogs have thrown their support behind Miles Grant, an employee of the National Wildlife Federation. And U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) is supporting Alan Howze, Warner's former political director in the governor's office.

Here's what Clark had to say today, according to the Parkhomenko campaign:

"I know Adam Parkhomenko well, and I'm confident he'll be an outstanding voice for Arlington in the General Assembly. Adam is energetic and highly qualified for the job. He embodies all the qualities we need in our leaders."

By Amy Gardner  |  June 4, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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Chris Zimmerman is not the only major endorsement Andres Tobar has picked up.

Here's a more complete list:
* Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board member
* Chris Zimmerman, Arlington County Board member
* John Milliken, former Arlington County Board Member and Virginia Secretary of Transportation
* Emma Violand-Sanchez, Arlington County School Board member
* Libby Garvey, Arlington County School Board member
* Karen Darner, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates
* Jack Melnick, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates
* Frank Wilson, former Arlington County School Board member
* Margaret Lampe, former Arlington County School Board member
* Darlene Mickey, former Arlington County School Board member
* David Bell, former clerk of the Circuit Court
* Charlotte Cleary, former Arlington Voter Registrar
* American Federal Government Employees (AFGE) District 14 Council 1. Council 1 includes 18 AFGE Locals in good standing representing more than 20,000 federal employees in the Washington Metro Area. The AFGE Locals include the Federal Government Headquarters Locals for Labor, OPM, HUD, Department of Education, GPO, USDA, EPA, SSA, Smithsonian, National Archives and Records Administration, National Science Foundation, Census Bureau, Dept. of Commerce Economic Development Administration and three Locals within the Veterans Administration.
* Laborer’s Local 11, an affiliate of the 850,000 member Laborers’ International Union of North America
* HUD Local 476 of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
* Numerous community and business leaders residing in the 47th District and surrounding area. A partial list is at

Be sure to vote for Andres on Tuesday!

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