Video: 8th CD Candidates Meet and Greet at Guarapo’s in Arlington


    Last night, there was a “Meet and Greet” sponsored by DAAV & DLOV for the 8th Congressional District Democratic candidates at Guarapo’s restaurant in Arlington. It was a small crowd – other than staffers, organizers, politicos and media, just a small handful of people were there – which surprised me. Does this indicate simply that the event wasn’t well advertised? Or is it a sign of lack of interest in this race by Democratic voters in the heart of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, with just over 3 weeks to go until primary election day? I’m hoping that it’s mostly the former. Personally, I had good talks with ACDC Chair Kip Malinosky, Don Beyer (about foreign policy; we’re largely on the same page on this subject), Mark Levine, Del. Patrick Hope, Sen. Adam Ebbin, Del. Alfonso Lopez; Del. Bob Brink; and Jaime Areizaga-Soto, among others.

    • From the Ebbin for Congress campaign:


      Alexandria, Va. – Senator Adam Ebbin – a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District – has received the support of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker Local 26, a key Northern Virginia labor union.

      “Senator Adam Ebbin has been a friend to working people since his first days in the General Assembly. Time and again, he has stood up for safe working conditions, and fairness for employees. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will be there for Senator Ebbin in his Congressional primary just as he’s been there for us. We are happy to contribute to his campaign – both financially and with volunteers,” said Ramiro “Butch” Ramos, President of IBEW Local 26.

      “I am honored that IBEW Local 26 trusts me to stand up for them in Congress. Their work makes a difference in the lives of thousands of working Virginians,” said Ebbin. “I hope to take my advocacy for hard-working people to Washington.”

      Ebbin receives this support based on a long legislative record of advocating for pro-labor legislation. He passed legislation to strengthen penalties against employers who refuse to pay wages. He also increased penalties for intentionally bouncing paychecks. The Washington DC Area Building Trades Council named Senator Ebbin “Legislator of the Year” in 2010.

      In addition, Ebbin has won the endorsement of former state Senator Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria), state Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), state Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax), and Delegate Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax).


      ~ Warner recognized for leading on consumer protections, fixing the Affordable Care Act ~

      WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation (NRF) has named U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) a “Hero of Main Street” for his consistent support for small businesses and the retail industry, which supports over one million jobs in Virginia. As part of 2014 National Small Business Week, NRF recognized a 32 members of the U.S. Senate – three Democrats and 29 Republicans — for their work to promote economic growth in the retail industry, the nation’s largest private sector employer.  

      “I am pleased  to receive this recognition for work to strengthen retailers and small businesses across Virginia,” Sen. Warner said. “Small businesses and startups create and support the bulk of our country’s job and economic growth, and that’s why I have partnered with Virginia’s Main Street businesses to strengthen their access to financing and promote fairness in the marketplace. Retailers also have been great partners in my efforts to protect consumer financial information following the Target data breach, and the NRF has supported our efforts to improve the Affordable Care Act by easing its regulatory and paperwork burdens on small business owners.”

      The NRF said this year’s recipients were recognized for their consistent support of the retail industry’s top public policy priorities. Sen. Warner supports patent reform, cosponsored the Marketplace Fairness Act, and is a lead sponsor of efforts to fix problems identified during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, Sen. Warner recently worked with NRF to establish an information sharing platform that allows the retail industry to better protect consumer financial information from data breaches like the one that hit Target and other major retailers last winter.  

      “NRF salutes our retail advocates in Congress for their dedication and proven commitment to public policies that support prosperity on Main Street,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers are the heart and soul of our communities, and we are pleased to acknowledge lawmakers like Sen. Warner who have consistently supported a pro-economic growth policy agenda to ensure a thriving Main Street and a healthy and vibrant retail sector in Virginia.”