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


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.



  1. In 2011 I took a principled stand as an Independent for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Fairfax County invests less in education today than we did four years ago while we increased school enrollment by over 12,000 students with greater diversity including students with special needs. We increased the number of students per teacher. We lowered the take home pay of teachers and school employees as well as general county employees including first responders. These drastic changes have lasting impact on children and families in our community.

    While it is true the Washington Post says the incumbent is unfit for public office and US House Democratic leaders including former Speaker Pelosi say he is an embarrassment, my focus remains working with people to create effective, sustainable solutions to the challenges confronting our community and our nation.

    In over 20 years on Capitol Hill, the only comprehensive economic and fiscal plan Representative Moran has ever submitted to the Congressional Budget Office for analysis is the one I wrote in 2010.

    Together we can, we must ensure our nation endures and thrives. The plan I wrote increases household incomes, lowers the costs of American production, provides universal health care, eliminates our deficit and reduces our debt. We will invest heavily in our nation’s future and strengthen our human capital through education and health care.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    A. Will Radle, Jr.
    Creating a Culture of Listening

  2. While neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I have lived in Alexandria for over 20 years, and I have voted in every election in that time. I could vote either way at an election, depending on the issues and on the character of the candidates.

    I have never voted for Congressman Moran, and never will.

    I wish Mr Radle well in his bid to become the Democratic Party’s candidate for the next election.

    Good luck, Sir!

    • I think Mr. Radle is all over the place. A Republican, A Green Independence and now a Democrat? Seems like an oportunist who is trying a little too hard to get into public office. We don’t need more pandering to the hard working Federal Employees for increases in pay. We have tough budget issues and Federal Employees are getting paid quite well vs. the private sector esp if you include all of the benefits/retirement for life. I’ll keep voting for Moran. He’s dedicated and truly knows what he’s doing.