Democrat Will Radle to challenge Jim Moran for 8th District House seat

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Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) faces a primary challenge after Fairfax County resident Will Radle Jr. announced his aspiration to unseat the 11-term incumbent last week.

Radle, a personal financial advisor, lost a bid to chair the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in November, when he ran as an Independent Green. He did not expect to win but ran “on principle” after Democrats failed to stand up to cuts in education funding, he said.

The 39-year-old said his bid for Moran’s House seat comes after several years of taking issue with the congressman’s ineffectiveness securing more take-home pay for federal employees, who comprise a significant portion of the district, which includes Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and parts of Fairfax.

And he just doesn’t agree with how the 11-term congressman does things.

“I’m represented right now by a person who basically tries to shut other people down,” Radle said. “I think that’s going to be very different if I get the opportunity to serve.”

Radle ran for the same seat briefly in 2010 — as a Republican — before withdrawing from the race in March of that year.