Oprah to Attend Congressional Candidate’s Fundraiser in Crystal City

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Award presenter US actress and TV personality Oprah Winfrey poses in the winner's area at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. (Credit: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Award presenter US actress and TV personality Oprah Winfrey poses in the winner’s area at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. (Credit: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Va. — A northern Virginia congressional candidate is hoping to stand out among a sea of contenders with some help from her friend Oprah Winfrey.

Lavern Chatman, former president of the Northern Virginia Urban League, is hosting a fundraiser Saturday night in Crystal City with Oprah as the featured guest.

Chatman is one of 11 contenders in the June 8 Democratic primary to succeed retiring Rep. Jim Moran in Virginia’s 8th District, representing the state’s liberal inner suburbs.

The fundraiser is closed to the press. Chatman’s website says tickets are $150, ranging up to $2,600 for a photo with Oprah herself.

Chatman calls Winfrey a good friend who can give her campaign a boost of momentum.

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