March 28, 2009
Democrats focused their attention on Charlottesville Saturday night.
Charlottesville Democrats held their 9th annual pasta dinner and some big names attended. Two out of the three democratic gubernatorial candidates planned to attend, although only one made it.
Before Rep. Tom Perriello (D) won the 5th District Congress seat, his family's pasta sauce won at the annual Democrats' Pasta cook-off. The winning sauce was Perriello's late father, Vito Perriello's, recipe.
"It was actually my father who won the contest last year, so it was fondly remembered tonight and that meant a lot," says Rep. Perriello.
Although Perriello didn't compete in the cookoff this year, several other local democrats did, including all the candidates for city council. Brian Moran (D), one of the three democratic candidates for governor dished out his plans if he's elected.
"In Charlottesville, people are worried right now about their jobs, about their future," says Moran. "They're worried about their homes being foreclosed. We need to make sure we create jobs in Virginia--green jobs." The candidate for governor also spoke about his plans to boost small businesses.
Another democratic candidate, State Senator Creigh Deeds, had planned to attend, but apparently got stuck in traffic.
Perriello praised the field, but he says he won't' endorse someone until after the primaries.
"I'm not doing that in the primary," says Rep. Perriello. "We do have strong candidates, and some home grown ones here as well,l and we'll see how that plays out. I really think it's a strong field."
Democratic candidates hoping Charlottesville will be their meal ticket.
The fourth candidate in this year's governor's race, Bob McDonnell, who is uncontested in the Republican nomination will bring his state tour to the University of Virginia on Tuesday.