#VA8: Mayor Bill Euille’s Has a Big Base and a Bigger Resume,...

#VA8: Mayor Bill Euille’s Has a Big Base and a Bigger Resume, Is Victory Next?

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MAYOR BILL EUILLE. Of all the candidates in VA-8 competing to replace Rep. Jim Moran, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille already has a established base in the eighth district. In a low turnout primary race, that base could push Euille to victory. So many of the voters participating in the June 10th primary will have already voted for Euille several times euille3before — up to 38,000 voters have chosen him before. Will they do it again and send him a few miles away to the Capitol?

Euille is one of only eight Mayors in Virginia of a city with a population of over 100,000. “I am the only candidate who is an elected Mayor — just like Jim Moran was — I’m proud of the fact I have a record of proven results,” Euille said at a recent debate.

Of course every race is different. But even in a competitive eight person field featuring five particularly highly qualified candidates, Euille is in the #1 or #2 slot when it comes to type of resume successful U.S. Representatives tend to have. With former Lt. Governor Don Beyer and State Sen. Adam Ebbin competing in the race, the resume battle when it comes to elected officials with years of experience is a close one.

Consider:

Bill Euille : Business owner –> President, VA Transit Authority –> Arlington School Bd –> Alexandria City Council –> Mayor of Alexandria
Don Beyer : Business owner –> VA Lt. Governor –> Chair, Auto Dealers Assoc. –> Ambassador to Switzerland
Adam Ebbin : VA House of Delegates –> VA Senate

Even though Euille’s experience is clear, the race to fill VA-8 is one of the most competitive in the country. Candidates have participated in non-stop debates that have given the Mayor an opportunity to highlight his resume. Will voter base + resume = victory. The ultra-competitive June 10 is only 22 days away.

The candidates for the 8th Congressional District will debate again on Wednesday, May 21st from 7-9pm at the National Rural Election Cooperative Association Auditorium at 4301 Wilson Blvd in Arlington. – See more at: http://www.crewof42.com/cbc-2/va8-the-only-woman-left-in-the-race-lavern-chatman-pounds-womens-issues/#sthash.3egmOfh2.dpuf

The candidates for the 8th Congressional District will debate again on Wednesday, May 21st from 7-9pm at the National Rural Election Cooperative Association Auditorium at 4301 Wilson Blvd in Arlington.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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  1. I support Mayor Euille. Alexandria has moved forward during his tenure as Mayor and on the Council. Alexandria has become the “go to ” spot in the region for restaurants and shopping. Euille has led the efforts to expand business. All done in a town famous for citizen participation. He listens and will deliver in Congress
    I also commend the mayor for initiating a clean campaign pledge. Others signed up and this campaign has been positive – a rarity in todays political climate. Thank you Mayor and all in the 8th district primary.

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