Brian Moran announces he'll step down as Virginia's Democratic Party chief

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

The leader of the Democratic Party of Virginia is stepping down after guiding his party through a successful November election.

Brian Moran announced Wednesday that he will end his two-year run as chairman at the party's next meeting Dec. 8. Moran hopes a new chairman can hit the ground running as Democrats begin to gear up for the 2013 gubernatorial race.

"As we all know, Virginia Democrats do not have the luxury of a year off from critical elections," Moran said. "So as we deservedly savor our November victory it is time to turn the page on 2012 and gear up for 2013. Accordingly, the transition of chair should occur now and not in the middle of next year's elections."

Under Moran, Democrats won Virginia in consecutive presidential elections for the first time since 1948. The state party also helped Democrats control the U.S. Senate by electing Tim Kaine to the upper chamber over Republican George Allen.

Results were much more mixed for Moran in 2011, when Democrats suffered widespread loses in state legislative races. Republicans won its largest ever majority in the House of Delegates and captured control of the state Senate, though Democrats ultimately only lost one Senate seat that year in a bad election climate for liberals.

Moran, a former Northern Virginia delegate, is the brother of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. He said he will remain involved in state politics as an advocate.

"As much as I have enjoyed being a full-time volunteer for this great party," Moran said, "I am looking forward to returning to the working world and of course spending time with my amazing and supportive wife Karyn and our two wonderful children."

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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