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Two Virginia Democrats release new TV ads in advance of June 10 primary

Both Mark Levine and Lavern Chatman, who are running in the seven-candidate Democratic primary for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, released new television ads Thursday morning.

The race to represent the Democrats of Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington and a portion of Fairfax County has entered its last two weeks. The final candidate debate is Friday at 7 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association building, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Chatman’s ad, her first of the campaign season, focuses on her community work and is targeted directly at women.

“I grew up in a working-class family in Northern Virginia,” she says in a voice-over in the spot. “I’ve spent my career in the trenches. Building coalitions. Making our community stronger. In Congress, I’ll fight for equal pay for equal work. Raising the minimum wage. And protecting a woman’s right to make our health-care decisions. We don’t need more of the same.”

Levine’s second ad focuses on his willingness to use the Constitution to fight the Tea Party.

Democratic candidate Mark Levine of Virginia's 8th Congressional District released a television ad Wednesday ahead of June primaries. In it he reveals his "secret weapon" for getting ahead of tea party Republicans. (Levine For Congress)

“It begins with ‘We the People’ and the word ‘corporation’ isn’t found anywhere in it,” he says. “So if you have a renegade Supreme Court trying to choose your president or trying to put all that big money back into politics, I say pull out your Constitution.”

Democratic candidate Lavern Chatman of Virginia's 8th Congressional District released her first television ad Wednesday. Her priorities include raising the minimum wage and women's health. (Lavern Chatman for Congress)

Don Beyer, an auto dealer and former ambassador, also has aired television ads, as has William D. Euille, the Alexandria mayor. The remaining candidates, state Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, state Del. Patrick A. Hope and Virginia Tech professor Derek Hyra have not aired any television ads.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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