Newspaper article Roll Call

Tidal Wave of Va. Democrats Eye Newly Open House Seat (Updated)

Newspaper article Roll Call

Tidal Wave of Va. Democrats Eye Newly Open House Seat (Updated)

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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. …

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