Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer won tonight’s straw poll of the Democratic candidates for Congress in Virginia’s 8th district, handily defeating the 10 other contenders at the annual Mardi Gras festivity, organized by the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee.
Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, one of the nearly dozen Democrats running for the congressional seat of Rep. Jim Moran (D), will be holding a campaign kickoff event this weekend. In advance of the event, Beyer’s campaign released a music video — a campaign song based on the Anna Kendrick hit “Cups.” Performed in the video by middle schoolers Mae and John Keating, the children of friends of the Beyer family, the “Blue Cup Song” will also be performed live at Beyer’s kickoff event.
He assembled a large contingent of powerful and influential women to join him at his kick-off event here Monday, speaking to his commitment to full equality, including income equality, for all. One speaker, business owner LuAnn Bennett, formerly married to Moran, touted what Beyer’s own experience as a successful business owner would bring to his job. At an event in the home of former State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple in North Arlington Saturday, Beyer was introduced by a long-partnered gay couple, again underscoring his commitment to full equality for all. Lynda Robb, daughter of former U.S. president Lyndon Johnson, was also there.
Women leaders from varied fields, including small business, international affairs, reproductive rights and environmental protection, yesterday joined Kate Michelman, president emeritus of NARAL Pro-Choice America, to endorse Don Beyer for Congress. “Don understands that unless women are elevated in every way — equal pay, health care, education, their reproductive choices — that our country will be the weaker and the poorer,” Michelman said. “Unlike his opponents, Don will have no learning curve and will get right to work making sure women’s freedoms in this great country are not abridged.”