June 3, 2011
Bright and early yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of attending the Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council breakfast at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel in Falls Church. The event, which was packed with business people and politicos (candidates, elected officials, campaign staffers, etc.), included three panels of Democratic candidates in three separate races, including this one for the 49th House of Delegates district. I'll have the 30th and 31st State Senate district panels a bit later, but for now, here are the two candidates running in the 49th -- Stephanie Clifford and Alfonso Lopez. For now, I remain neutral in this race, but I'm listening carefully to what these two good Democrats - and good progressives - have to say, and hope to make an endorsement at some point this summer. How about you? Any preference in this race, and if so, why?
P.S. It was great catching up with old friends like Margi Vanderhye and Steve Shannon. Other elected officials in attendance included Arlington County Revenue Commissioner Ingrid Morroy, Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, Arlington County Board members Jay Fisette and Walter Tejada, Del. Charnielle Herring, Del. Scott Surovell, Del. Jim Scott, and Del. Mark Sickles.