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Garvey Announces Run for State Senate

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.

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