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Warner Steps into 47th House District Race

Amy Gardner

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) has weighed in on the five-way primary battle to replace Al Eisenberg in Arlington's 47th House District, endorsing Alan Howze, who was Warner's policy director in the governor's office.

Already hard to predict by virtue of the size of the field, the race has been complicated by the divided allegiances of big-name Democrats. First, former president Bill Clinton recorded a robo-call for Adam Parkhomenko, the 23-year-old former staffer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Then, after rumblings from irritated Arlington Democrats that Clinton had butted into a local race, 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, meanwhile, supports Andres Tobar, a veteran of the U.S. Department of Education who directs a day-labor center. And a number of Virginia's liberal blogs have thrown their support behind Miles Grant, an employee of the National Wildlife Federation.

Now comes Warner.

"When I was governor, Alan worked closely with me to get Virginia's finances back on track and make needed investments in education and the environment," Warner wrote. "Alan is a hard worker and a dedicated Democrat, and I know he'll be a great delegate for Arlington."


By Amy Gardner  |  June 2, 2009; 9:53 AM ET
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And you might want to mention that the Sierra Club and Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Club have both endorsed Miles Grant.

Posted by: lowkell | June 2, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

lowkell, the Sierra Club endorsed both Miles Grant and Alan Howze.

Posted by: crs2 | June 2, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

First the Sierra Club and now Mark Warner - Alan Howze is really coming on strong with endorsements recently. He seems to have a lot of momentum heading into the primary.

Posted by: stormblue | June 2, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

stormblue - the Sierra Club endorsed Miles Grant and Alan Howze. The difference between the two is that Miles has pledged to accept no money from Dominion Virginia Power or any interest that profits from destroying the environment, while Howze has accepted significant contributions from Dominion-affiliated interests.

Howze may have lots of experience in Richmond, but that doesn't qualify him to represent Arlington or the 47th. The 47th needs someone who gets Arlington values like marriage rights for all and climate action, and and has demonstrated that understanding in the community s/he wishes to serve. Miles Grant has walked the walk on these issues, and he alone is qualified to represent progressive Arlington values in Richmond.

Posted by: DanielWeir | June 2, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

It's no surprise considering Alan worked for Mark Warner when he was governor. Tit for tat.

It still doesn't make up for the fact that Alan has never been involved in Arlington - the community he wants to represent.

All the other candidates in the race (Grant, Hope and Tobar more so) have been active in Arlington. It always is sketchy when someone wants to represent their community without making an effort to be engaged beforehand.

Posted by: ArlingtonMujer | June 2, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Unlike Howze, Miles Grant has taken a pledge not to accept money from Dominion Power and their executives and employees. Alan Howze has not taken that pledge and has had Dominion Power executives host fundraisers on his behalf.

The Sierra Club may have endorsed both, but this aforementioned fact distinguishes Miles and cuts into Howze's credibility on these issues.

In other news, the Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club has endorsed one candidate - Miles Grant. While it would have been easy to endorse all five since they all are LGBT friendly, the Partisans endorsed Miles because he is the role model leader on equality.

That is the difference, plain and simple. Miles has set the bar on these issues and has demonstrated himself to be a leader. Arlington does not need 'supporters' of clean energy, the environment, lgbt rights. Arlington needs to set the bar and tone in Richmond. Only a leader can do that.

Va Partisans, Sierra Club, netroots, and his army of grassroots volunteers all see what apparently the establishment refuses to see. Win or lose - Miles Grant embodies Arlington leadership!

Posted by: tiffanyjoslyn | June 2, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, didn't take long for the Miles Grant fan club to come out in full force!

Seems like the same few people bash all other candidates except Miles Grant in this race every time the Post mentions the 47th district.

No offense, but the Sierra Club isn't going to endorse someone haphazadly, and their weight carries a lot more with me than some of Miles Grant's friends posting on the internet.

Posted by: stormblue | June 2, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

stormblue,

i'll dispense with the merry-go-round of who you're buddies with and put it to you straight: dominion coal money to alan howze, running as an environmental candidate, doesn't bother you?

Posted by: leftspace | June 2, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

See the comments of this post for a more balanced take on Howze's position on energy policies, including Dominion Power:

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=2476

Posted by: crs2 | June 2, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

so howze is a big richmond insider? not sure how that's going to play. cheers!

Posted by: leftspace | June 2, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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