Gubernatorial candidate Del. Brian Moran today announced the endorsement of various members of the Democratic Party of Virginia steering committee, as follows:
- Pixie Bell, Secretary
- George Burke, 11th District Chair
- Sandra Brandt, 2nd District Chair
- Marjorie Clark, 7th District Chair
- Audrey Collins, 4th District Chair
- Hon. Kerry Donley, Immediate Past Chair
- Abbi Easter, Treasurer
- Rich Galecki, 10th District Chair
- Margo Horner, 8th District Chair
- Frank Leone, Jr., DNC Member
- Gene Magruder, Chair of the Va. Association of Democratic Chairs
- Suzette Matthews, 1st District Chair
- Evelyn Morris-Harris, Chair of the Democratic Black Caucus of Va.
- Mame Reiley, DNC Member
- Rachel Rifkind, Chair of the Women’s Caucus
- Hon. Lionell Spruill, DNC Member
- Hon. Justin Wilson, Vice Chair for Technology and Communications
The entire press release is below the fold. Go, Brian!
ALEXANDRIA – Today, Brian Moran’s campaign for Governor announced the endorsement of a majority of the party leaders who sit on the Virginia Democratic Party’s Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is the party’s policy-making and governing body. Last week, Delegate Moran received the support of the overwhelming majority of local elected Democrats in Loudoun County.
“I am humbled by the strong support of some of Virginia’s most prominent Democratic leaders,” Delegate Moran said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with these individuals over the course of my 20 years of public service – winning elections with them, building bipartisan coalitions with them, and helping build a stronger Virginia for the next generation with them.”
Democratic leaders cited Moran’s long record of fighting for the people of Virginia as a prosecutor, legislator and Democratic leader as the reason for their endorsements. Delegate Moran worked with these party leaders as he led candidates all over Virginia to victory, winning more seats in the House of Delegates than at any point in a generation. Under his leadership, Democrats have won in traditionally Republican areas such as Loudoun, Lynchburg and Virginia Beach.
Note: These party leaders make their endorsements as individuals. Their titles are provided for reference and to demonstrate their stature in the Party, not to imply the support of the group(s) of which they are members or leaders.
Party leaders announcing their support:
Pixie Bell, Secretary
George Burke, 11th District Chair
Sandra Brandt, 2nd District Chair
Marjorie Clark, 7th District Chair
Audrey Collins, 4th District Chair
Hon. Kerry Donley, Immediate Past Chair
Abbi Easter, Treasurer
Rich Galecki, 10th District Chair
Margo Horner, 8th District Chair
Frank Leone, Jr., DNC Member
Gene Magruder, Chair of the Va. Association of Democratic Chairs
Suzette Matthews, 1st District Chair
Evelyn Morris-Harris, Chair of the Democratic Black Caucus of Va.
Mame Reiley, DNC Member
Rachel Rifkind, Chair of the Women’s Caucus
Hon. Lionell Spruill, DNC Member
Hon. Justin Wilson, Vice Chair for Technology and Communications
Several members of the Steering Committee have expressed their intention to stay neutral until the primary is concluded.
“It’s time for Democrats to unite behind the candidate who can win in November and govern come January, 2010. Delegate Moran’s support among Democratic leaders is a testament to his record of success and his vision for the future. As the House Democratic Caucus Chairman, he campaigned tirelessly for Democrats in every region of the Commonwealth, winning seats no one thought were within reach. I encourage my fellow Democrats to join me in supporting Brian Moran for Governor.”
– Suzette Matthews, 1st District Democratic Chair
“As a Democratic party leader, I’ve had the honor of supporting Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. I know that Brian Moran is the right candidate to carry on their work and take Virginia into the future. He was their partner when they made Virginia the best-managed state in the nation and the best state for a child’s lifetime success, and I know he will continue their brand of leadership.”
– Hon. Justin Wilson, Vice Chair for Technology and Communications
“Brian Moran would govern in the new Democratic tradition of Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Jim Webb, and Barack Obama. Brian has a two-decade record of public service and a vision of Virginia’s future. From winning campaigns and supporting Barack Obama, to standing up to Republicans and holding firm to our values, Brian Moran has demonstrated that he is the right person for the job.”
– Marjorie Clark, 7th District Democratic Chair