University of Virginia Center for Politics analyst Geoff Skelley says former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer begins the race with an advantage none of the other candidates have — name recognition. Not only did he serve two terms as lieutenant governor, but he also owns a car dealership that gives him a kind of familiarity that most politicians don't have. Although he successfully won two statewide elections, Beyer hasn't been on the ballot since he lost the race for governor to Republican Jim Gilmore in 1997.
Three more candidates joined the race for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va. 8th District).
Moran has announced his retirement, and Beyer has arisen as a possible successor. A former lieutenant governor and ambassador to Switzerland, Beyer is well qualified for the position. He boasts a keen intellect. His experience with his family’s car dealerships lends him an appreciation of the challenges confronting small businesses. We trust him implicitly. We remember dinner conversations whose topics ranged from the issues of the day to the novels of John Updike. We hope Beyer runs – and wins.