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Alexandria Businessman Mulling GOP Run For State Senate

by ARLnow.com — February 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm 2,087 19 Comments

(Updated at 4:20 p.m.) Alexandria businessman Michael Maibach says he’s thinking about pursuing the GOP nomination for the state Senate seat currently held by Democrat Patsy Ticer.

“I’ve been actively considering this for the past two weeks,” Maibach said in a phone interview. He expects to announce a decision by the end of the month.

Maibach has a long resume that has led him from his native Illinois to California’s Silicon Valley to the Washington region.

As a junior at Northern Illinois University, Maibach was the first American under the age of 21 elected to public office following the passage of the 26th Amendment.

In the 1980s, Maibach worked as an assistant and later an executive with the Intel Corporation. He unsuccessfully ran for congress in California in 1992. He moved to Alexandria in 1997, while serving as head of Intel’s government affairs office.

Maibach now serves as President and CEO of the European-American Business Council.

Citing his “markets and innovation” experience, Maibach says that he would campaign on a pro-growth and pro-business platform, should he decide to run.

“I have a lot of affection for state government,” he said. “States are in charge of the business climate of the country.”

Sen. Ticer is widely expected to retire this year. Three Democrats — Del. Adam Ebbin, Arlington School Board Chair Libby Garvey, and Alexandria City Council member Rob Krupicka — have all said they would seek the seat if Ticer declines to run for another term.

Yesterday former congressional candidate Patrick Murray quashed rumors that he may be interested in running for Ticer’s seat this fall, saying that “it’s too soon” after his last campaign.

Ticer serves Virginia’s 30th Senatorial district, which includes parts of South Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County. The state’s redistricting process may end up changing the district’s borders this spring.

  • Wayne Kubicki

    With the stated caveat that I’m a Republican (on the chance that any reader here might not know that ), I’ve met Mike Maibach on more than several occasions, and think he’d make a fine candidate in the 30th Senate District. Personally, I hope he makes the decision to run.

  • South Arlingtonian

    Michael Who?

  • DSS

    I have nothing against Mr Maibach, but I would like to know who is funding his campain and what experiance does he have beyond lobbying the goverment on behalf of for profit companies. If he does run, I hope he focuses on the needs of all of his constituents.

    • Westover

      All his constituents need jobs or at least a strong tax base to support their community, so why do you have a problem with his success in the for profit world?

      • Dss

        For profit companies are interested in lowering their liabilities and increasing profits for the benefit of their stock holders. A good lobbyist, which I think Maibach is, represents the intrest of his clients above and beyond any other interested parties. That’s the job of a lobbyist. As to his success in the business world, he has an impressive resume for a government affairs professional but has no experience as either a senior manager (profit and loss responsiblity) or as an small/mid size business owner that would give him insight in to the legislative support needed for local business’. I don’t know him, so this is just something to keep in mind if he does decide to run.

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      He is not running yet. There is no campaign.

    • Lou

      Look up Mark Warner’s run for Governor. It sounds like the two campaigns would have some similarities.

      • Arlwhenever

        Good point. If this fellow runs it is because a.) he thinks he can win (my guess is he’s using some of his Intel in-on-the-ground-floor bucks to do some polling between now and the end of the month) and b.) he believes a Senate seat will be a good springboard on the way to Governor. With his heft and experience Maibach is not going to throw his hat into the ring to score a few rhetorical points or to spend his days answering constituent mail.

        • Lou

          I’m not implying that he’s eying governor, just that his career path seems to be somewhat similar to Warner’s. Business leader, technology industry, experience as a government staffer, platform of advancing business interests using his experience, innovative thinking, not from the area, all that stuff.

          In Warner’s campaign, he leveraged a lot of that to his advantage by bolstering his qualifications to be CEO of the state. Being a state senator takes some different skills as far as working with others. I’ve never heard of this guy until yesterday, these are just my initial thoughts on what I’ve read about him.

  • 1234

    Anyone but Ebbin!

    • FedUp

      What do you have against Ebbin?

      • 1234

        I have nothing against his politics, I have real reservations about him personally after an interaction I had with he and his handlers last fall. They tried to muscle a child’s birthday party out of a non-reservable Arlington Co. Park pavillion for a political event (at which they were serving alcohol). Not a smart way to interact with constituents.

  • MC

    I’d welcome someone like him in Richmond who presumably is less focused on ideological cultural wars. Richmond is too provincial in its concerns — maybe he could make the case that transportation policy is essential to a vibrant economy, instead of people who consider transportation policy as opposing gas taxes or advocating bicycle riding.

  • Bluemont John

    He’s from Alexandria. And it’s state Senate. What does this have to do with Arlington? Yawn.

    • Not Larry Sabato

      This seat includes most of south Arlington.

      • charlie

        bluemont john doesn’t go south of the border. proven once again.

        • Bluemont John

          OK, I didn’t read far enough down to see that about the district. I got bored and gave up at “I have a lot of affection for state government.”

  • Walter Reed

    Carpet Bagger.

    • ChrisG

      You saw the part about how he’s lived in the area since 1997, right? 14 years in a very transient area does not a carpet bagger make.

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