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Candidate Essay: Adam Ebbin

by ARLnow.com | August 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm | 962 views | 7 Comments

Earlier this week, we asked the three Democratic candidates for the 30th District state Senate seat to write a sub-750 word essay on why the district’s residents should vote for them on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Here is the unedited response from Adam Ebbin (typo corrected at 6:20 p.m. upon request of the campaign):

The question before voters in the August 23 Democratic primary for the 30th Senate District isn’t about policy or politics. With three solid Democrats running, there’s very little difference between our positions on major issues. Instead, the question voters must answer is, “who can best get the job done in the Senate?”

After seven years in the House, I have the experience, knowledge and relationships needed to be successful in the Senate. I’ve been a champion for our progressive values in Richmond, and passed legislation supporting our environment, our senior citizens, our transit system and other key progressive priorities. I’ve been the leading voice against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and will continue to stand against him in the Senate.

Since 2004, I’ve represented parts of south Arlington in the House of Delegates. During that time, I’ve secured funding to improve Metro services and provide for a Public Defender office in Arlington. I’ve established a solar resource loan fund that will provide homeowners access to low interest loans to install solar panels on their houses. I’ve defended funds for our public schools and have a 100% pro-choice voting record.

I know what it takes to move progressive legislation through an often-hostile General Assembly. I’ve stood up for our Northern Virginia values against the skepticism of members from other parts of the Commonwealth. I’ve worked with them to build understanding and support for our local priorities.

During this campaign, I’ve had the great pleasure to speak with so many of you at your door, at a debate, or at a local function.
We’ve discussed your concerns, your priorities and your hopes for the future. As a member of the House, I’ve worked day and night to put our shared values into action. In the Senate, I’ll be even more able to put the needs of Northern Virginia front and center in Richmond.

I’m proud to have been endorsed by County Board Member Jay Fisette, Treasurer Frank O’Leary, Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy and School Board Member James Lander. I am also very proud to have won the support of the Arlington Association of Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, Equality Virginia, the Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club and many other leading progressive organizations.

I would be truly honored to have your vote. If you will stand with me on August 23, I will stand up for you every day that I’m in Richmond. I have a record of proven progressive accomplishment, and will continue to be a strong voice for our values in the Senate.

Election Day is August 23. To learn more about my candidacy, or how you can volunteer in these closing days, please visit www.AdamEbbin.com or call 703-739-4330.

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  • Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Does this one pass the scrutiny of the grammar police?

    • Tabby

      “I’ve had to great pleasure”

      Just saying.

    • Burger

      They are pushing out a piece of reading for public consumption.

      They should have some piece of canned essay already in the hopper for this stuff.

      So, yes, grammar matters in this instant.

  • 1234

    Adam’s arrogance towards his constituents will be his undoing at some point.

    • Soarlslacker

      How about now? Is now a good time? I can’t think of 1 thing he accomplished in 7 years in the House. Is benchwarming something to brag about?
      The robo calls from this campaign are unbearable.

      • Hattie McDaniel

        I think he accomplished adding about fifty pounds to his frame in that time.

  • Shirlington Voter

    Ebbin is, to me, the most qualified candidate for the Senate. As a Delegate, he’s protected education funds from being diverted elsewhere, invested in traffic improvements and green energy within the state, and stood up as a progressive voice to Cuccinelli and his posse.

    The Virginia legislature is a crazy place with some truly bizzare characters. We need to put someone in the Senate who can compromise and still be effective. Of the choices, Ebbin stands out.

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