November 14, 2012
Moran to Step Down as Party Chair Following Successful Elections
Richmond, VA – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran released the following statement today announcing that he will step down from his position following a successful 2012 campaign effort:
"Being the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia over these past two years has been one of the great honors of my life. I am proud to have led a party that played a substantial role in the statewide effort to reelect President Barack Obama and send Tim Kaine to the United States Senate, and laid the foundation to continue our momentum and elect our candidates in 2013 and beyond.
"Over the past 2 years I've covered more than 10,000 miles of this great Commonwealth and attended more than 500 events and I have never ceased to be inspired by the talent, dedication and diversity of the Democratic activists, volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to support our candidates and the values we all share. On Election night we saw what can happen when Virginians from all walks of life work and vote for a brighter future. I am confident that this is just the beginning of what our Democratic grassroots can accomplish.
"As we all know, Virginia Democrats do not have the luxury of a year off from critical elections. So as we deservedly savor our November victory it is time to turn the page on 2012 and gear up for 2013. Accordingly, the transition of chair should occur now and not in the middle of next year's elections.
"I am pleased to report that the Democratic Party of Virginia is in a solid position to play a significant role in electing a Democratic statewide ticket and making gains in the legislature in 2013. The organization is in a strong fiscal position, its staff is talented and experienced and our local committees are already hard at work building the organization we need to win next year.
"As I begin the next chapter of my journey I fully anticipate continuing to play a visible role advocating for our Democratic candidates and contributing however I can to the betterment of our party and the Virginia families we serve. As much as I have enjoyed being a full-time volunteer for this great party, I am looking forward to returning to the working world and of course spending time with my amazing and supportive wife Karyn and our two wonderful children.
"I would like to sincerely thank the party for the opportunity to serve as Chairman. For as long as I live I will be proud of what Virginia Democrats have accomplished over the past two years and what the Democratic Party of Virginia stands ready to accomplish in years to come. I am confident that our Central Committee will elect a Chair with the vision and energy to build upon the infrastructure we've established and ensure that we are moving ever forward as a party, as a Commonwealth and as a country."
Moran's resignation will become effective at the next meeting of the Democratic State Central meeting on December 8th in Williamsburg. At that meeting the Central Committee will elect a new chair in accordance with the Democratic Party of Virginia's Party Plan.