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Garvey Announces Run for State Senate

by ARLnow.com February 23, 2011 at 9:35 am 2,158 9 Comments

Arlington School Board Chair Libby Garvey made her long-expected run for the state Senate official last night.

Garvey is running for the seat of Sen. Patsy Ticer, who announced her retirement last week.  Two other Democrats, Del. Adam Ebbin and Alexandria Councilman Rob Krupicka, are expected to announce their candidacy soon.

Ticer’s state Senate seat is centered in Alexandria, but includes portions of Arlington and Fairfax.

Garvey said she’s running to help the state “put people and progress before these politics.”

“I’m running for Virginia Senate because it seems to me that we’ve reached a point in Virginia where finding a way forward is almost impossible due to political rhetoric,” Garvey said. “It’s clear that Richmond’s priorities have gotten out-of-sync with the real needs of Virginians, especially those here in Northern Virginia. I’m running because we need to start building a strong future for our children and grandchildren.”

Garvey’s full announcement is after the jump.

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce today that I am officially entering the race for Virginia Senate in the 30th District. Last Thursday, Senator Patsy Ticer retired from the Virginia Senate after decades of working tirelessly to protect and improve our community. She has been an ardent advocate for our children, our public schools and protecting our quality of life. As your next senator, I look forward to continuing the tradition of strong leaders like Patsy in the Virginia Senate and thank her for all the inspiration she has given me over the years.

I’m running for Virginia Senate because it seems to me that we’ve reached a point in Virginia where finding a way forward is almost impossible due to political rhetoric, even before the debate begins on the issues. It’s clear that Richmond’s priorities have gotten out-of-sync with the real needs of Virginians, especially those here in Northern Virginia. I’m running because we need to start building a strong future for our children and grandchildren. To do that, we need elected officials who can put people and progress before these politics.

While we’re talking about priorities, here are mine:

  • A vibrant and sustainable economy that offers ample opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship and personal financial security for all Virginians.
  • Schools that prepare our children to compete and thrive in the 21st Century.
  • Efficient, environmentally-sound energy and transportation systems that are responsive not only to our immediate needs, but also make sense in the long term.
  • And affordable healthcare, support and medical services for all of our citizens to enjoy a healthier and higher quality of life.

You can learn more about me and my proven track record of results at my new website: www.libbyforsenate.com. While you’re there, you can help me begin this new journey by signing up to get involved, follow me on Twitter or join my new Facebook group. You can also help by making a contribution of $500, $250, $100 or even $25 today to help me start putting people and progress before politics in Richmond.

My experiences as a wife, mother and a school board member have taught me that the best way to move forward is when we move forward together. Thank you all for your support. I’m looking forward to an energetic campaign.

  • Arlwhenever

    Since school board seats are filled on a non-partisan basis in Virginia, true to that vision and spirit it would be appropriate and honorable for Mrs. Garvey to step down or recuse herself while she is embroiled in the primary race.

  • Arlington Independent

    I think Ms. Garvey is both a good person and a conscientious member of the School Board. On the other hand, I find it disturbing that the School Board seat has turned into a stepping stone for political ambitions (see also Mary Hynes). I think this has become an almost certain consequence of the procedures used by the Arlington political parties (particularly the Arlington County Democratic Committee) to “endorse” School Board candidates. I really wish the ACDC would either stay out of the School Board contests or, at a minimum, not require that candidates, as a condition for even seeking the ACDC endorsement, agree in advance not to run if they don’t secure the endorsement (making the endorsement process tantamount to a nominating process).

    • local

      I’d go the other way. The school board is elected. It’s going to be political like any other election. Nothing wrong with that. I think having non-partisan elections is just pretending that something that’s political isn’t, when there’s no stopping that, and no reason to.

      • Arlington Independent

        I guess we can agree to disagree on how the system **should** work. I think we would be better off making the School Board races less partisan. But I think we agree that in practice, your vision of how the process should work – an openly partisan political race – is what actually happens.

        • local

          Yeah, that’s what I’m saying – you can’t make it non-partisan even if you want to.

          • Arlmom

            Ms. Hynes retired from the school board before she ran for the County Board. This is the second time that Ms. Garvey has run for the state Senate while continuing to serve on the school board. Big difference.

          • Arlmom

            Correction. The first time was the state House of Delegates, not state Senate. David Englin won the primary and the general election. The basic point stands. She’s still running for the state legislature for the second time while holding a school board seat.

  • Arlington Independent

    The School System is going to have some very challenging times coming up in the next few years, with rising enrollments and (relatively) tight budgets. Its very unfortunate that some of the recent school re-builds (Nottingham Elementary, Washington & Lee, Reed School) did not include sufficient capacity. I wonder whether they (the School Board/County) are going to have to bite the bullet and either build a new ES or rehab one currently in mothballs and put it back into service (like the Wilson school)

  • The Native

    It’s supposed to be non-partisian, the selection process, not the person. Quit being absurd Arlwhever. Obviously she has a right to be a part of a political party and organization. You can be a part of many different groups, it’s called The United States.

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