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State Sen. Patsy Ticer Announces Her Retirement

by ARLnow.com | February 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | 1,717 views | 24 Comments

(Updated at 3:00 p.m.) Sen. Patsy Ticer, a Democrat who represents parts of Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax, announced her retirement on the floor of the Virginia state Senate today. Her announcement will kick off a contested Democratic primary for the seat Ticer has held since 1995.

“I finally have come to the end of the line,” she told fellow Senators. “I do not intend to run again this year. I have been in public service for a long time… it’s hard to contemplate what life will be like without it.”

“I will always miss my home away from home in Richmond,” she said, fighting back tears. “It has been the privilege of a lifetime for me to know you and an honor to be of service with you in support of this beloved state. As a member of the Senate of Virginia, I will truly miss you. Thank you.”

The Senate chamber applauded Ticer as she received hugs and flowers from colleagues. Senators from both parties then took turns sharing their memories of working with Ticer, who turned 76 in January.

“I can think of no one else, in my lifetime, who epitomizes the term ‘Southern Lady,’” said Sen. R. Edward Houck (D-Spotsylvania).

“We will remember your grace and lady-like charms,” said Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Fairfax). “I know there are people lining up to run for the seat, but they won’t be Patsy… I’m going to miss you, friend.”

Three Democrats — Del. Adam Ebbin, Arlington School Board Chair Libby Garvey, and Alexandria City Council member Rob Krupicka — have all said they would seek Ticer’s seat if she declined to run for another term.

A Republican, Alexandria businessman Michael Maibach, told ARLnow.com that he’s thinking about pursuing the GOP nomination for the seat.

In a statement this afternoon, Ebbin said Ticer “will be greatly missed.”

“Senator Ticer is a valued colleague and someone who I consider a friend,” he said. “During her career as a public servant, she has distinguished herself as a leader for the progressive values of the citizens of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax. She has been an advocate for the health, education, and welfare of children; the rights of women; and preserving Virginia’s natural beauty for future generations.”

“I wish her the best as she enjoys a well-deserved retirement,” Ebbin said.

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  • South Walter Reed

    Thanks, Patsy. Let’s go, Libby!

    • Undereducated

      Yes, please go Libby. This is our chance to get you off the School Board

  • http://planetmoron.typepad.com/ Planet Moron

    “I have been in public service for a long time… it’s hard to contemplate what life will be like without it.”

    Is there a better argument to be made in favor of term limits?

    • FedUp

      You are a moron.

      • http://planetmoron.typepad.com/ Planet Moron

        Good one! I am SO going to steal that.

    • mehoo

      Uh, no. Term limits are dumb. We don’t need them – we have terms.

      • http://planetmoron.typepad.com/ Planet Moron

        Constitutions are created to address the excesses and deficiencies of democracy. One of those is the natural creation of a ruling class of “public servants” who are in office so long they can’t, as Ms. Ticer revealingly said, contemplate life otherwise. Our elected officials cannot be truly representative of the people if they stay in office so long they lose sense of what it is like to be a regular person. This is less of a problem with part-time state senators, but still an issue.

        Which is not to suggest your argument “Term limits are dumb” is not in itself compelling.

        • Undereducated

          Spot on!

        • Captain Obvious

          Um, our General Assembly meets for less than one month out of the year. Do you really think that she’s “out of touch” because she’s removed from real people?

          • http://planetmoron.typepad.com/ Planet Moron

            Um, it meets for two months in even-numbered years and one month in odd-numbered years, and of course there’s a lot more to it than just showing up in Richmond every now and then. Do that for 15 years to the point that you can’t “contemplate what life will be like without it,” yeah, it’s probably time for you to go.

          • mehoo

            Stop being silly. She said she can’t contemplate life without it because she likes it, and has gotten used to it. Just like anyone who has done something for a long time. Doesn’t mean she’s getting too comfortable or not doing her job. Should you be fired after 15 years at your job automatically on the assumption that you must be too old or too set in your ways?

        • mehoo

          The Constitution says the voters can limit the term of any officeholder any time they want. They just vote him/her out of office.

          How dare you decide that the will of a majority of voters shouldn’t prevail because you think a certain politician has been around too long for your tastes?

          • http://planetmoron.typepad.com/ Planet Moron

            There are already restrictions placed on who you can vote for Senator. You can’t vote for someone who is under the age of 21 for example, or who resides outside your district. How dare they “decide that the will of a majority of voters shouldn’t prevail.” Under a constitutional system all manner of restrictions are placed on the “will of the majority,” and for good reason. As Churchill famously said, “democracy ain’t all that” (I’m paraphrasing) and these restrictions are in place to ameliorate some of its worst attributes.

            There are plenty of arguments you can make against term limits, but suggesting the proposal is illegitimate simply because it limits the will of the majority isn’t the strongest one.

    • Mark

      She actually demonstrates why term limits aren’t needed. According to the article, she was elected in 1995, so she’s been in for 15 years or so. And now she’s retiring. Doesn’t seem like an unreasonable amount of time.

      • http://planetmoron.typepad.com/ Planet Moron

        That’s a legitimate point, but leaving aside whether or not 15 years is too long (I’d argue it is by at least five years), if you find it difficult to contemplate life outside of public office, you’ve been in public office too long.

        • mehoo

          Why didn’t you just, like, go try to convince a majority of voters in her district that she’s been around too long and should vote someone else in?

  • FedUp

    Thanks, Senator Ticer!

  • Wayne Kubicki

    The 30th Senate District will need to wiggle some in redistricting, as the VPAP website shows it needs to grow by some 5K people (somewhere around 2 precincts worth). Since this district is pinned against the river, I can’t see the boundaries changing a lot.

    Any opinions here on handicapping an Ebbin/Garvey/Krupicka primary for the Dem nomination here?

  • Arlwhenever

    Ebbin by a mile. He has visibility across jurisdictional lines. The Democratic electorate is well behaved in these parts. He’ll be seen as the next in line for promotion.

    • TGEoAXx

      Sheep

      • mehoo

        Everyone who doesn’t think like you do is sheep. Everyone who does is an independent-minded thoughtful rational human.

    • Jim

      Adam has done a good job in the House of Delegates and should return. Libby Garvey is the best qualified for the Senate.

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  • http://peoples-rights.us Janice Wolk Grenadier

    The City of Alexandria & State of Virginia its integrity~
    The Supreme Court sent a very strong message ~You don’t have to follow are rules or Codes of the Courts ~Because if we like you ~we will ignore it!
    Judge Haddock said ~I would never get a fair trial because they “LOVED” Ilona ~defendant ~wife of late Judge Albert Grenadier ~he didn’t follow the Rules of the Supreme Court ~went out of his way to have Judges selected ~good friends to control the Rulings ~
    Judge Nolan Dawkins October 2010 lied in Court. Would not recuse himself said he was not a Judge at time case was heard. He became a Circuit Court Judge in April of 2008 ~their where motions June of 2008 & trial Sept of 2008 ~by appearance he had recused himself. Chose to Lie in Court?
    Randy Sengel ~Commonwealth attorney has docs of Ilona ~Forgery & stealing from Sonia Grenadier (SG) Trust. Minimum $95,000 stolen from Trust ~Real Estate worth over $10 million ~But, the police show up at my door wanting to charge me with Extortion for going after money that is owed to me~
    Virginia State Bar ~ Edward Davis & James M McCauley ~Say Ilona lying in Court & Admissions ~Filing False Documents, stealing from a Trust, involved in Forgery of SG ~Breaking VSB Legal Ethics Rule 1.16 (d)&(e) ~VSB past president Ben Dimuro represents Ilona ~VSB says NBD!
    JIRC ~Donald R. Curry ~disgrace!
    Patsy Ticer~set it up to meet Martha Kent -She had walked in my shoes ~understood my situation ~she was the x-wife of a Judge ~I needed to drop this ~move on as I had no Rights ~Patsy supports this corruption.
    Ilona Ely Freedman Grenadier Heckman ~ She and her family Had nothing to do with my girls because they are Catholic ~Ilona is Jewish ~Lied in Court ~Filed false documents ~Bragged about the Judge’s calling for free legal advice ~Involved in Forgery of SG ~Stealing $95,000+ ~Real Estate worth over 10 million ~Bullies ~ threatens legal action for liable~Stealing Herman Grenadier’s garden at King David ~ Waiting 3 years ~Sends Ruth’s children a letter that Ruth buried next to Brother (Albert)~Father ~Mother has to be moved ~Ilona claims it is her Garden and she wants Ruth out ~Ilona will be buried surrounded by people she ruined their lives or the lives of the ones they LOVED~U go girl!
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