Oprah to Headline Fundraiser for Virginia House Candidate

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will headline a D.C.-area fundraiser next month for Lavern Chatman, former CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League and one of nearly a dozen Democrats running for Virginia's open 8th District seat. According to a Chatman campaign release, the fundraiser will be held April 5 in Arlington, Va. Further details were not provided. “Oprah is a good friend and we both share a passion for empowering women and girls for leadership," Chatman said in a statement. "I’m delighted she is coming to town to help with my congressional campaign.” Oprah was a big draw for events and fundraisers for President Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign, which was the TV talk show host's first major play in national politics. The retirement of Rep. James P. Moran from this safely Democratic district invited an influx of ambitious Democrats to the race. They include former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, whom many Democratic operatives say is the front-runner in the race; state Sen. Adam Ebbin; state Dels. Charniele Herring, Patrick Hope and Alfonzo Lopez; and radio show host Mark Levine, among others. The June 10 primary will essentially determine the next member of Congress from this district in Washington, D.C.'s inner suburbs. Virginia’s 8th District is rated Safe Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.