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December 17, 2008 Published in Choice 2009

Hampton Roads Mayors Back Moran To Be Chief Executive: Five Endorsing Democratic Mayors Collectively Represent 1.1 Million Virginians; Cite Moran’s Understanding Of region, Economic Development And Transportation

The mayors of Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach jointly endorsed Brian Moran for Governor. The mayors cited Moran’s understanding of the Hampton Roads region, his commitment to improving the region’s struggling economy, and his plans to invest in transportation and education.  The chief executives endorsing today represent 1.1 million Virginians in the Hampton Roads region. Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim hosted the event at Nauticus.

Endorsing Delegate Moran were Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, Newport News Mayor Joe Frank, Portsmouth Mayor James Holley, Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf and Hampton Mayor Molly Ward.

“I know Brian Moran understands the needs of Hampton Roads,” Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim said. “His dedication to finding real transportation solutions has been impressive.  But more than that, he’s been a fighter for our Commonwealth for two decades.  That’s why I know he’ll work to keep our carriers in Norfolk, improve access to education, and grow our economy. Brian has the values, the experience and the vision to lead our Commonwealth and I’m proud to support him.”

Moran outlined his commitment to fighting for military families and installations in Hampton Roads. He also outlined the work he has done for Hampton Roads families, including investing in local cancer research, fighting to stop online child sex predators, and leading the effort to find a sustainable transportation solution.

“I am truly honored to receive the support of these great mayors. These chief executives know what it takes to be Virginia’s next CEO,” Moran said. “Virginians from every region are announcing their support, and it is humbling to receive the endorsements of so many dedicated public servants.”

This is the fifth major endorsement during Moran’s “Virginia Values Tour,” which included endorsements by:

  • The majority of the Democratic Party of Virginia’s executive committee;
  • Congressman L. F. Payne, the chair of Mark Warner’s campaign for Governor;
  • The majority of Loudoun County’s elected Democrats; and
  • Martinsville/Southside elected and party leaders.