Updated 2:41 p.m. | Maybe Virginia Democrats should start figuring out who isn't running for retiring Rep. James P. Moran's seat?
Moran’s 12-term hold on the seat, located in the strong Democratic suburbs of Washington, D.C., has left a long line of ambitious pols poised to unload into the primary for Virginia’s 8th District.
Democratic operatives say Moran’s brother, Brian Moran, is an obvious potential successor. A longtime state legislator and former chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, Brian Moran would have the strong name identification and financial connections to run a competitive bid. The district is pricey because it includes the Washington, D.C. media market.
But Brian Moran recently took a job with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration, raising questions as to whether he’d run for the seat.
Operatives mentioned many other names of potential candidates as well:
- Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada. Tejada’s Hispanic background could help set him apart in this district that has seen large growth in that community.
- Arlington County Board chairman Jay Fisette.
- Longtime Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, the city’s first African-American mayor.
- Former United States Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra. Chopra ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor in Virginia in 2013, losing to Democrat Ralph Northam in the primary.
- Del. Charniele Herring, who is also the first African-American elected chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
The filing deadline to run for the seat is March 27. The primary is June 3.
Virginia’s 8th District is rated a Safe Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Update 2:41 p.m. | More Democratic names have surfaced as potential candidates in the hours after Moran's retirement.
- State Sen. Adam Ebbin, who served in the Virginia House of Delegates before being elected to the state Senate in 2011.
- State Del. Alfonso Lopez, a former aide to then-Gov. Tim Kaine.
- Former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donely. Donely also served on the Alexandria City Council from 2010 until 2013.
- State Del. Patrick Hope from Arlington.
- State Del. Mark Sickles from Alexandria.
- State Del. Bob Brink from Arlington.
- Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay.