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UPDATED: Former Arlington Democratic chairman runs for state party chairman

Anita Kumar

Former Arlington County Democratic Committee chairman Peter Rousselot announced his candidacy for state party chairman Thursday morning.

Rousselot did not immediately return a phone call, but said in his letter to State Central Committee members that he ran because he was urged to do so.

"Having led one of the most successful local Democratic committees in Virginia and the nation, I know what it takes to excel as a Democratic Party chair,'' he wrote. "Very respectfully, I am asking for your support and your vote to enable me to devote my talents and experience to serve as DPVA's next Chair. If you elect me as your Chair, I will serve full time in that position."

Rousselot already has a Web site up and running as well as a Facebook page.

Rousselot will take on former gubernatorial candidate and Alexandria delegate Brian Moran, who threw his hat into the ring last month at the urging of Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb.

The State Central Committee will pick a replacement for Richard Cranwell, who will step down after leading the party for five years, on Dec. 3 in Newport News.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Rousselot checked in to explain why he's running for chairman and what he thinks makes him the best candidate for the job. He said he thinks his experience as chairman of a local committee gives him the best credentials to do the same job statewide.

"I believe my background as a party chair and a grassroot activist is a better fit for the position of Democratic chairman," he said. "It gives me all the same kinds of experience--working with elected officials with different and conflicting agendas, finding common ground if you can or acting if you can't."

"You've got to be able to recruit as many different people from as many different backgrounds as possible. You can't be a closed club. You've got to be open to new people and new ideas. You can't operate as a small group of people," he added.

By Anita Kumar  | November 4, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Arlington County, James Webb, Mark Warner  
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