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Warner searching for a state director again

Anita Kumar

Newly out-of-work Virginia Democrats are eyeing a key vacancy on U.S. Sen. Mark Warner's staff.

Eva Teig Hardy, a former longtime executive at Dominion Virginia Power, recently stepped down as Warner's interim state director -- a job she held since last spring.

Hardy indicated from the start that she would only stay six months, and the state's junior senator has started talking to a number of people about filling the job.

With a Republican filling the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years, a number of Democrats have found themselves out of work in Richmond.

Names being mentioned for the job include: Alfonso Lopez, director of the Virginia Liaison Office under former Gov. Tim Kaine, Kate Hanley, secretary of commonwealth under Kaine and Dietra Trent, deputy secretary of education.

Warner tapped Hardy last April after he was unable to find the right permanent person for what he considers a key job on his staff after months of seaching.

The state director oversees offices in Richmond, Abingdon, Norfolk and Roanoke and working with local and state government officials.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 25, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Mark Warner , Timothy M. Kaine  
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