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.
“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.”
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.