Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin on Friday declared his candidacy for the U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Jim Moran.

Ebbin, the Virginia Senate's only openly gay member, joins seven other declared candidates running in the June 10 Democratic primary.

The 50-year-old Ebbin made his announcement in a videotaped message.

“Today, I'm excited to announce that I'm running to succeed [Congressman Moran],” Ebbin said in the 2-minute video. “For over a decade in the General Assembly, I've been a strong voice for progressive values who's gotten results. We've increased protections for seniors and the disabled. We fought to end human trafficking. We fought for LGBT equality. And strongly resisted those who would deny fundamental rights to gay Virginians.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The 8th Congressional District which Ebbin is vying for is considered a Democratic stronghold. It includes parts of Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax County.

(Related: Sen. Adam Ebbin: Repealing Virginia's gay marriage ban is possible.)