So far, nine people have announced plans to run for the Democratic nomination, although some are expected to drop out before the primary on June 10. Just one Republican candidate has surfaced so far, Micah Edmonds, a vice president for the Aerospace Industries Association and a former legislative aid on Capitol Hill.
Four of the Democrats addressed a meeting of the Brigades, a progressive grassroots political group, Feb. 8:
- Bruce Shuttleworth, a former Navy pilot who challenged Moran in the 2012 primary, told the audience he supports “Medicare for all” and said “Obamacare is a step in the right direction but doesn’t go nearly far enough.”
- Patrick Hope, who represents Arlington in the House of Delegates, said he is running because he feels strongly about protecting the most vulnerable people who have no voice. “We need to stand up to the Tea Party,” he told the Brigades. “We also need to stand up to people within our own party who don’t support progressive values,” including those who support payday lenders that “take advantage of the poor.”
- Del. Charnielle Herring represents Alexandria in the General Assembly, serves as the House minority whip, and is chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Herring said her experience being homeless at age 16 with her mother and getting financial aid to attend college has helped her understand the struggles of the poor and “the importance of smart government programs.”
- Don Beyer, a former lieutenant governor (1990-98), was a fundraiser for the 2008 Obama campaign and most recently was ambassador to Switzerland.
Rounding out the field of Democratic candidates are Lavern Chatman, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League; Virginia Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria; Del. Alfonso Lopez of Arlington; Del. Mark Sickles of Fairfax County; and Alexandria Mayor William Euille.
In addition, radio host Mark Levine and Arlington County Board member J. Walter Tejada are considering running for Moran’s seat.
Updated Feb. 18, 2014: Derek Hyra, an associate professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech and chair of the City of Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, jumped into the 8th district primary race Feb. 18. Levine also officially filed as a candidate.