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Democratic primary in 8th District now includes 10 candidates

There are now 10 candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D) in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. Moran decided not to seek re-election.

Eleven candidates qualified for the June 10 primary by the March 31 filing deadline. Fairfax County Del. Mark Sickles filed on March 10 and then withdrew from the race three days later. One other candidate, Nancy Najarian, failed to obtain the 1,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, according to party officials.

Another state delegate, Alfonso Lopez, withdrew from the race on April 4.

The remaining candidates in the primary are:

• Former lieutenant governor Don Beyer Jr.

• Lavern J. Chatman, former president of the Northern Virginia Urban League

• State Sen. Adam P. Ebbin

• Del. Charniele L. Herring

• Del. Patrick Hope

• Talk radio host Mark Levin

• Business owner Satish Korpe

• Former Navy pilot Bruce Shuttleworth, who tried to run against Moran in 2012 but failed to make the ballot

• Derek Hyra, a Virginia Tech professor and member of the Alexandria Planning Commission

• City of Alexandria Mayor William Euille

First festival planned for Tysons

The Tysons Partnership is making plans for the first major festival in Tysons Corner as the area redevelops around four new Metro stations, expected to open later this year.

Great Tastes of Tysons will be a two-day event featuring wine, beer and spirits tastings; food tastings and sales; workshops on subjects like mixology and whole hog butchering; live cooking demonstrations; and live music.

The Tysons Partnership is now booking booths for area businesses. Contact Anne Fitzgerald, event sales manager,

Tickets and other information are now available at

Reston Association elects new board members

The Reston Association has elected new members to its Board of Directors.

The races for the two at-large seats were contested. Newcomer Lucinda Shannon ran unopposed for the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat.

Ellen Graves, who most recently served on the board as an appointed member in the Hunters Woods/Dogwood district, was elected by the apartment owners to serve as their representative.

Also new to the board are Rachel Muir and Jeff Thomas. Muir was elected to serve the one-year at-large seat and Thomas will serve for three years in an at-large seat.

Frying Pan Farm Park welcomes new arrivals

Spring generally means the arrival of new babies at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. Visitors to the working farm park can see lambs, piglets and a new calf.

For more information on visiting the park, go to