Former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, who local operatives say is the top candidate in the crowded 8th District Democratic primary, stressed equal pay and job opportunities for women at a breakfast in the private home of one of his supporters. The 8th District, based in Arlington and Fairfax counties, is open this cycle because longtime Rep. James P. Moran is retiring.
“Don understands the importance of paid family and maternity leave, affordable child care and equal pay,” Governor Kunin told a crowd of supporters this morning. “Implementing these policies is critical if families are to succeed in being good providers and good caregivers. Don will be a strong and effective advocate in Congress for this and more.”
Don Beyer’s campaign for the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Jim Moran got a boost this week as Beyer won a straw poll conducted at Rep. Gerry Connolly’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Attendees cast their votes in a straw poll measuring support among the 11 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed the retiring Moran as Virginia’s 8th District congressman. Beyer topped the field, with 34 percent of the vote.
Don Beyer won the annual St. Patrick’s Day straw poll tonight, garnering 35 percent of the vote in a 12-way competition. "With such fine progressive Democrats running I am humbled by this show of support from so many of my Democratic friends,” Beyer said. “Of course, the only vote that matters is the one on June 10th."