Take Your Pick: Long List of Potential Candidates to Replace Moran

Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax Democrats line up for what expects to be a heated primary.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) at an October 2013 meeting of the Del Ray Citizens Association. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) at an October 2013 meeting of the Del Ray Citizens Association. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran’s announcement Wednesday that he will not seek re-election immediately opened talk of a crowded and potentially heated battle to replace the longtime House member.

The 8th District is considered a Democratic stronghold; it gave President Obama 68 percent of the vote in 2012 and Republicans are unlikely to field a prime candidate given the district’s makeup, according to The Washington Post.

But it is likely a wide array of Northern Virginia Democrats will throw their names into the primary race.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin said Wednesday he would give consideration to running.

"With the 2014 legislative session just beginning, I am working hard every day for the people of the 30th Senate District. I am honored that people think I'd make a good Congressman, and I will give it the serious consideration it deserves,” Ebbin said. “I hope to have more to say about this in the future."

Ben Pershing of The Washington Post tweeted that a bevy of Democrats have also confirmed they are considering a run, including former Alexandria mayor Kerry Donley, current Mayor Bill Euille, Del. Charniele Herring (also chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia), Del. Patrick Hope, Del. Alfonso Lopez and Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay.

State Sen. Barbara Favola has said she is not considering a run for congress.  

The editors of Blue Virginia and Not Larry Sabato, two local political blogs, have also cited former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, Del. Rob Krupicka, Moran’s former primary opponent Bruce Shuttleworth, Del. Scott Surovell and Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada as potential Democratic candidates.  

Former congressional aide Micah Edmund announced he was exploring a GOP bid prior to Moran’s announcement.   

Tell us: Who do you think would make a good candidate? Are there any of the suggested candidates that stand out to you? Let us know in the comments below. 

Sam Hamilton January 16, 2014 at 08:48 AM
This should be fun. There probably isn't another Congressional district in the country that is so filled with people with access to power, connections, and money combined with delusions of grandeur about their abilities to be a member of Congress than this one.
Drew Hansen January 16, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Thanks, Matthew. But I'm holding out for commissioner of baseball.
Margo Heegeman January 18, 2014 at 08:32 PM
I believe Kerry Donley would be a good fund raiser and would gather a lot of support along the way. And I think he would translate well out of Alexandria where he'd have lots of support.
Paul January 19, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Since hell will freeze over before a non-D wins in this district this is nothing more than a popularity contest. To the person who suggested that Periello run bc "we" need Ebbin, Krupicka, et al. where they are in Richmond, why do you say this? Are you worried that there are not enough self-important progressive hacks around here to take their place?
NoBS January 20, 2014 at 06:55 AM
Herring and Ebbin are going to run, the announcements will come soon. Krupicka will stay where he is. We have more than enough self important hacks to run for office around here. The thing is, I don't want them to. I would like to see some non-self important people run and win, but it's hard to do that with the clique in place. Busting into the clique is hard work and not a whole lot of fun but it's the only way to get anything done. Believe me...I know.


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