The race for the Democratic nomination to replace Mary Margaret Whipple as the state Senator from the 31st District has been a hot topic in the blogosphere both publicly and behind the scenes. The race seems to not only highlight the frustrations a lot of folks have with the redistricting process, but also has become the center of attention for activists who want more proud progressives in the General Assembly (this has been a strong Democratic seat for years).
Although we've known he probably was going to enter the race for quite some time now, Jaime Areizaga-Soto announced his candidacy at last night's ACDC meeting. Based upon what I've heard from folks who were there and the video that Lowell posted over at Blue Virginia, Jaime received a very energetic reception that included people whistling and chanting his name after his speech. While this obviously was just a reaction to a speech, the energy surrounding his kickoff is important to note because it's hard to get the general public to pay attention to a primary during and off-off year election. Having energetic supporters who are willing to put in a lot of time and energy knocking on doors and making phone calls can therefore prove to be extremely beneficial.
So if you're like me and weren't able to make it to last night's ACDC meeting, here's the video that Lowell took of Jaime Areizaga-Soto's announcement.