U.S. House, Virginia's 8th Congressional District
Seven candidates are running in Tuesday's Democratic primary to succeed longtime Rep. Jim Moran, who is retiring. Because the district is heavily Democratic, the winner of the primary will probably be the next member of Congress from the area.
Occupation: Businessman (Don Beyer Volvo)
Political experience: Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1990-1998); ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein (2009-2013); Virginia chair of Clinton-Gore campaign, 1992, and Kerry-Edwards campaign, 2004; treasurer and Virginia chair for Howard Dean 2004 presidential campaign; finance chairman, Mark Warner's Forward Together leadership PAC. Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia, 1997.
Education: B.A. Williams College
Occupation: Former President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League (retired in 2011)
Political experience: None
Education: Bachelor's degree from George Washington University.
Occupation: Virginia state senator
Political experience: Member of Virginia General Assembly, 2004-2011; state senator, Jan. 2012 to present.
Education: Bachelor's degree, American University in Washington.
Occupation: Mayor of Alexandria
Political experience: Alexandria School Board, 1974-1984; Alexandria City Council, 1994-2003; Alexandria mayor, 2003 to present.
Education: Bachelor's degree, Quinnipiac University
Occupation: Member of the Virginia General Assembly; director of legislative policy at the American College of Cardiology; adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Political experience: Virginia General Assembly, 2010-to present.
Education: Bachelor's degree, St. Mary's University in San Antonio; master's degree in congressional studies and law degree, The Catholic University in Washington.
Occupation: Associate professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech
Political experience: Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 2009-2013 (chairman in 2012); Alexandria Planning Commission, 2013-present.
Education: B.A., Colgate University, Psychology, 1996; M.A., University of Kansas, Human Development, 1999; M.A., University of Chicago, Social Sciences, 2000; Ph.D., University of Chicago, Sociology, 2005.
Occupation: Radio talk show host; constitutional attorney
Political experience: Chief legislative counsel to Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
Education: Economics degree from Harvard; law degree from Yale; Fulbright scholar.