Today L. F. Payne, the former Congressman from Virginia’s 5th district and chairman of Mark Warner’s successful gubernatorial campaign, announced his endorsement of Delegate Brian Moran for Governor in 2009. L. F. Payne was joined by his wife, Susan, a prominent small business owner in Charlottesville, in making today’s endorsement. Payne cited Moran’s proven record of leadership in Virginia, his commitment to economic competitiveness, and record of results in partnership with Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.
This is the fourth major endorsement during Moran’s “Virginia Values Tour” which included major endorsements in Martinsville last week.
“Brian Moran has a proven record of fighting for Virginia families,” L. F. Payne said. “He has a two-decade long record of public service to Virginians and was a chief partner of Mark Warner and now of Tim Kaine.”
Payne is the former Congressman from the 5th Congressional District which includes Charlottesville, Virginia, and was Chairman of Mark Warner’s gubernatorial campaign in 2001. He is currently the President of McGuireWoods Consulting. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and former officer of the U.S. Army. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia and currently serves on the University of Virginia Board of Visitors.
Susan Payne is a partner at Payne Ross and Associates, a Charlottesville based marketing agency and has been recognized by the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce as Small Business Person of the Year. Susan is a member of the Virginia Tourism Commission and other non-profit groups as well.
“I am proud and honored to have L. F.’s and Susan’s support,” Moran said. “L. F. knows Virginia and knows what we need to move forward. I stood with him when we elected Mark Warner, and now I’m proud to have him standing with me.”
In 2001, Mark Warner was elected Governor and Brian Moran was chosen to chair the House Democratic Caucus. Under his leadership, Democrats have picked up more seats than at any point in a generation and are within striking distance of the majority.