Former Vice President Joe Biden, fresh off his big win in the South Carolina primary, heads into “Super Tuesday” and Virginia's primary with endorsements from two of Loudoun County and Virginia's most prominent Democrats. Here's a roundup of endorsements from major Democrats representing Loudoun.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) for Joe Biden:
Kaine: “America is afflicted by a President who delights in division, cruelty, lies, chaos, and self-congratulation. We are better than that, and Americans deserve better in the Oval Office.
“Democrats have many good public servants and admirable people running for President. I will vote in the Virginia presidential primary for Joe Biden. Barack Obama wisely chose Joe as his partner in the White House, and for eight years, Vice President Biden worked hand-in-hand with President Obama to rescue the American economy from catastrophe, expand health care to millions of people, revive creative diplomacy to keep Americans safe, tackle global challenges like climate change, and appoint high-quality people across the executive and judicial branches of our government. As a Senator, I saw first-hand Joe’s role in these accomplishments.
“It is sad to have a President who no one holds up as a role model for America’s kids. By contrast, Joe Biden has exemplary heart, character, and experience. He reminds me of Harry S. Truman, an outwardly ordinary man whose work ethic, faith in the goodness of everyday Americans, and love of country made him a great President. I am proud to vote for Joe Biden.”
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.-10th) for Joe Biden:
Wexton: “Donald Trump, through his corrosive rhetoric and destructive policies, threatens to fundamentally change who we are as a nation. Whether it’s his ongoing efforts to rip health care away from millions, his refusal to address the crisis of gun violence, or his relentless attacks on federal workers and our intelligence community—we’re in a battle for the soul of America.
“We need a leader who will bring us together, unite us as one country, and restore the promise of America—I know that Joe Biden is that leader. Vice President Biden has dedicated his life to public service. He has the vision and experience to deliver results on the issues that matter most to Virginians, including his commitment to strengthen and rebuild the federal workforce.
“Throughout this campaign, Joe has proven that he is the steady, empathetic leader we need to unite our party and our country. I will proudly be casting my vote for Joe Biden this Tuesday.”
Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D) for Joe Biden:
Randall: "I don't need perfection. I need proven leadership. I need someone who has a history of fighting for and passing meaningful legislation that has improved my life, the lives of my family and the people in my community. I need steady, focused, committed leadership. Joe Biden, he has earned my endorsement."
Loudoun County Vice Chairman Koran Saines (D-Sterling) for Bernie Sanders:
Saines: “The reason why I support Senator Sanders in this great field of candidates is I feel Senator Sanders has shown time and time again that he is the leader that we need to get the country back on track. Senator Sanders has been championing a $15 living wage, Medicare for all, universal free college, and decriminalization of marijuana, all long before they became politically popular.
Senator Sanders’ clear vision and leadership make him the best candidates for the general election because he can energize our base while bringing new voters into the process through his bold ideas. This is why his message is resonating with people in all walks of life and his campaign is gaining momentum in Virginia and nationally.
“I encourage all Sanders supports to not only vote on Election Day but to make sure to get out there to knock on doors, make phone calls, and make sure Senator Sanders emerges as the nominee and the next president of the United States."
Loudoun County Supervisor Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian) for Elizabeth Warren:
Briskman: “Elizabeth Warren is the anecdote to the corruption, racism and misogyny in the White House and to those who have failed to stand up against it. The old guard is not going to stand up to the big tech, big money and corruption like Warren she has a road map and solid record to show she’s prepared to do the work while listening to trusted experts and advisors.
“Since 2016, women have shown immense strength and perseverance and we will not stop at the school board, the council room, the state house or Congress!”
Other notable endorsements:
State Sen. John Bell (D-13th), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) and Leesburg Vice Mayor Fernando Martinez are backing Joe Biden.
Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk and Councilman Ron Campbell are supporting Michael Bloomberg.
State Del. David Reid (D-32nd) is endorsing Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Update: This story has been updated to include Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall's Sunday night endorsement of Joe Biden.