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Former Rep. Moran backs McAuliffe in primary

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Former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) has endorsed the gubernatorial bid of Terry McAuliffe.

“As governor, Terry will take bold action to support workers and small businesses who have been hurt the most by this pandemic, as well as make the kind of investments that will bolster our workforce,” Moran said in a statement released by the McAuliffe campaign.

McAuliffe, who served as a governor from 2014-18, is seeking a return engagement by running in the June Democratic primary.

He has picked up the endorsement of a number of members of the Arlington legislative delegation, including state Sens. Adam Ebbin, Barbara Favola and Janet Howell and Del. Alfonso Lopez.

In 2009, Moran’s brother – Brian Moran – ran in the three-way Democratic nomination contest for governor with McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds. Deeds won the nomination but went on to lose the general election to Republican Robert McDonnell. When McAuliffe became governor in 2014, he tapped Brian Moran as his Secretary of Public Safety, a position he continues to hold in the administration of Gov. Ralph Northam.

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th), left, with Charley Conrad during an event sponsored by the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

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