VIRGINIA (WUSA9) -- In the crowded 8th District Democratic primary, former businessman and former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer won with a large margin.
He thanked his supporters and family at a victory party held at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation on the Potomac waterfront.
Retiring Congressman Jim Moran, who has represented the 8th District for 23 years, congratulated his heir apparent, saying Don Beyer is the man who is going to get things done in Congress.
The 63-year-old owner of the Don Beyer auto dealerships handily won the Democratic primary, beating out six other candidates.
In the 1990's Beyer served two terms as Lt. Governor and then served as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The main criticism of Beyer's opponents was that as an older, wealthy white man, Beyer does not represent the new face of the Democratic Party. Governor Terry McAuliffe who showed up at the victory party said that Beyer's age and wealth didn't matter, that he was a do-something leader who would go to bat right now, not ten years from now.
Beyer faces Republican Micah Edmond in the November General Election, but with the 8th District a democratic stronghold, Beyer is expected to be a shoe-in.