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Beyer Wins Mount Vernon Democrats’ Straw Poll

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, one of the 11 candidates running for the 8th Congressional District seat in the Democratic primary, is flanked by the Mount Vernon Democratic Committee co-chairs Kate Spears (left) and state Sen. George Barker (D-39) to his right. The straw poll was held at Don Beyer Volvo in Alexandria on Saturday, March 1, and was sponsored by the MVDDC.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, one of the 11 candidates running for the 8th Congressional District seat in the Democratic primary, is flanked by the Mount Vernon Democratic Committee co-chairs Kate Spears (left) and state Sen. George Barker (D-39) to his right. The straw poll was held at Don Beyer Volvo in Alexandria on Saturday, March 1, and was sponsored by the MVDDC. Veronica Bruno

Former ambassador Donald Beyer won the first straw poll battle for the outgoing U.S. Rep. Jim Moran’s 8th district seat on Saturday night, March 1 with 25 percent of the vote (105 votes). Community leader Lavern Chatman came in second with 20 percent of the vote, and Del. Patrick Hope of Arlington received 19 percent. 419 of those in attendance coast their votes in the primary straw poll and about 470 Democratic activists attended the event. Bruce Shuttleworth did not attend because of a previous engagement.

Vote Totals

  1. Don Beyer: 105

  2. Lavern Chatman: 83

  3. Patrick Hope: 81

  4. Mark Sickles: 51

  5. Adam Ebbin: 42

  6. Charniele Herring: 15

  7. Bill Euille: 11

  8. Alfonso Lopez: 11

  9. Derek Hyra: 7

  10. Mark Levine: 7

  11. Bruce Shuttleworth: 3

419 votes were cast

Further straw poll results showed the other primary candidates with the following votes: Del. Mark Sickles (12 percent); Sen. Adam Ebbin (10 percent); Del. Charniele Herring (3 percent); Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Del. Alfonso Lopez (2 percent); and Derek Hyra, Mark Levine, and Bruce Shuttleworth with less than 2 percent.

Eleven people are vying for the seat being vacated by Moran. The Mardi-Gras event was sponsored by the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee and included a tribute to Moran with presentations and songs.