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Grading the 8th CD Dem Campaigns’ Efforts to Help Alan Howze Win Tomorrow

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With polls opening tomorrow at 6 am, there’s still a bit more time in the Arlington County Board race, so the following grades could change with a strong effort on election day (tomorrow). But for now, here are grades for the 8th CD Democratic campaigns’ efforts on behalf of Arlington County Board Democratic nominee Alan Howze, based on information I’ve been provided by Arlington Democratic insiders/officials…

Patrick Hope: A+ (by far and away the most canvassers and “turfs” covered, plus email blasts, etc. – great job!)

Lavern Chatman: B (second to Hope in terms of canvassers and “turfs”; not sure if her campaign has helped in any other way)

Don Beyer: B (has reportedly been helpful in a variety of ways, including canvassing tough precincts, phone banking and voter targeting; hopefully will do more on election day itself)

Adam Ebbin: C+ (Provided 2 canvassers who covered 2 “turfs”)

Mark Levine: C (Provided 1 canvasser covering 1 “turf;” reportedly will be helping on election day as well)

Derek Hyra: C- (Provided 1 canvasser who covered 1 “turf”)

Bruce Shuttleworth: D+ (Provided 1 canvasser who covered 1 “turf;” marked down because this is NOT impressive for someone from Arlington who ran for Congress previously)

Bill Euille: F (Absolutely nothing, also no explanation or response. Total #FAIL. Not a sign of a campaign firing on all cylinders or that cares about Arlington, to put it mildly.)

Charniele Herring: F (Absolutely nothing, also no explanation or response. Total #FAIL. Also inexcusable for the former DPVA Chair! Not a sign of a campaign firing on all cylinders or that cares about Arlington, to put it mildly.)

Satish Korpe: F (Nothing whatsoever. Total #FAIL. Not a sign of a campaign firing on all cylinders or that cares about Arlington, to put it mildly.)

By the way, there’s still time for the poorly-graded campaigns to redeem themselves, if they work really hard to GOTV tomorrow!

  • VOTERS GET FIRST CHANCE TO QUESTION 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES AT APRIL 12 PUBLIC FORUM

    The first opportunity for voters to question the 10 candidates on the ballot in the 8th Congressional District Democratic primary will be at a forum Saturday, April 12 sponsored by the Mt. Vernon District Democratic Committee. The primary is June 10.

    George Burke, the Virginia Democratic Party’s 11th Congressional District chair, will moderate the forum.  Burke has a long career as a spokesman and journalist, with extensive experience on Capitol Hill. He currently works in the U.S. House of Representatives as Communications Director for Congressman Gerry Connolly.

    The forum is free and open to the public. It is 4 to 6 p.m. April 12 at the Mount Vernon High School Little Theater, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd., in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. Candidates have made numerous appearances at Democratic Party events to give two-minute pitches, but this is the first forum to include questions. The format, determined by an MVDDC committee, will include questions concerning 8th District, national, and international issues, as well as on candidate interests and effectiveness. Some questions will be in a “rapid-fire” format while others will allow up to one-minute answers. Questions will also be taken from the audience.

    The seat is open because Congressman James Moran (D) announced his retirement after 24 years in office.  Thirteen candidates announced their intention to run, but three dropped out.

    Candidates now include former Virginia lieutenant governor Don Beyer; former Northern Virginia Urban League president Lavern Chatman; state Sen. Adam Ebbin; Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille; state Del. Charniele Herring; state Del. Patrick Hope; Satish Korpe, director of the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia; radio talk-show host Mark Levine; Virginia Tech professor Derek Hyra; and former Navy pilot Bruce Shuttleworth.

    A reception where voters can meet the candidates will follow the forum.