The political-action committee of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce has backed the re-election bid of Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th), but has opted against issuing endorsements in the three other House of Delegates districts in Arlington.
Sullivan, who is unopposed for re-election on Nov. 7, was among 24 House of Delegates candidates endorsed by the Chamber’s political-action wing, known as NOVABIZPAC.
“The endorsed candidates are best positioned to work with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce to advance a pro-business agenda that helps the commonwealth remain among the best states in the nation for business,” said Scott McGeary of Washington Gas, who heads the political-action committee.
“The House of Delegates candidates endorsed by NOVABIZPAC have demonstrated a willingness to work with the Chamber to move our legislative agenda forward,” added Jim Corcoran, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber. “The ability to support such a broad group of citizen-legislators helps to enhance the Northern Virginia Chamber’s reputation as a premier business organization in the commonwealth.”
In districts that include parts of Arlington, the business PAC opted against endorsements in the 45th and 47th districts, where incumbent Democrats Mark Levine and Patrick Hope are running unopposed, and in the 49th District, where incumbent Democrat Alfonso Lopez is being challenged by Republican Adam Roosevelt.
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce does not have a political-action committee and does not endorse candidates, although – like the Northern Virginia Chamber – it does formulate a package of goals and objectives for each General Assembly session.
NOVABIZPAC on Sept. 28 endorsed Ed Gillespie (R) for governor, state Sen. Jill Vogel (R-27th) for lieutenant governor and incumbent Mark Herring (D) for Virginia attorney general.