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Five questions for the new, 26-year-old head of the state

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Yes, he's just 26, which seems a bit young for Alan L. Moore II to be the new executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. But General Chair Emily Couric and Central Committee Chair Lawrence Framme appointed Moore to the position Jan. 3. After a long drive from Dallas to Richmond, Moore begins his directorship with relief and enthusiasm. Couric calls him "fabulous"; Del. Albert Pollard, whose campaign Moore ran, says he's "very well-organized and very energetic." He'll have to be: Republicans have captured every statewide elected office in Virginia. On his first week on the job, Style called to talk. Style: What challenges are you facing? Moore: I like to look at challenges more as opportunities. The Democratic Party has a lot of opportunities this year. We have a great ticket for a statewide candidate. We are committed to electing Democrats in Virginia. There are differences between Republicans and Democrats, and we want to let people know what they are. Style: Are you the youngest executive director ever of the Democratic Party of Virginia? Moore: You know, I don't know. All I keep seeing in the papers is 26, 26, 26. But I'm not sure if I'm the youngest. Style: Do you feel your age will affect your job or the people you work with? Moore: Again, we have a lot at stake this year. The executive director, regardless of age, has lots of responsibilities. No one person is going to get Democrats elected. It's a team sport. It starts with recruiting good candidates — like Mark Warner, who is extremely qualified and competitive, for governor. We have energized a lot of Democrats across the state because we have such a good candidate. Style: The Democratic Party in Virginia is not very strong right now. How do you plan to make it stronger? Moore: Concentrating on getting Democrats elected is our No. 1 goal. We plan on traveling and working with local and statewide people to do this. We also want to emphasize the Democratic message. Democrats have a great message to tell. We have important issues like pay raises for teachers, prescription drugs that Democrats have fought for. Style: What are your other plans as executive director? Moore: A focus on leadership, because Virginians are looking for leaders. Democrats have stood and offered legislation that has been killed by Republicans. Virginians want a leader who will stay and fight for them, and Governor Gilmore is not going to do that if he's travelling with George W. Bush all of the time. I think Democrats are looking for a change, and we have qualified candidates who make us confident for the election in

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