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Del. Hope Decides Against State Senate Run

by ARLnow.com April 13, 2011 at 9:26 am 2,915 17 Comments

Del. Patrick Hope will seek reelection to the House of Delegates rather than run for state Senate. The freshman Democrat made the announcement early this morning.

“Having stated in the early weeks of March that I would only make a decision after having an opportunity to actually see the newly drawn 31st Senate District lines, I have reluctantly decided, at this time, not to run for the open Senate seat,” Hope said in a statement. “I intend to seek re-election to the House. Running an effective campaign with the geographical diversity of the new district would take me away from spending quality time with my young family.”

“I’m humbled by the literally hundreds of voters living in the new 31st District who pledged support and encouraged me to run, but my first obligation must be to my family,” he continued. “Spending the time it would take to be victorious in a competitive primary and general election is too high a price for me to have to pay; however, I will not rule out a run for higher office at a future date.”

The redrawn 31st state Senate district, if approved by Gov. Bob McDonnell and the U.S. Department of Justice, will extend from North Arlington up into Fairfax and Loudoun counties, with the Potomac River as an eastern border. Currently, County Board member Barbara Favola is the only Democrat to announce her candidacy for the seat, which was vacated by the retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple.

Hope’s decision, however, clears a path for another potential candidate to enter the race. Political consultant and blogger Ben Tribbett, who has been flirting with the idea of running for public office, issued a statement today that stopped short of announcing himself as a candidate, but suggested that he’s at least seriously considering it.

In his first term in office, Patrick Hope has established an outstanding record of progressive activism. I was very much looking forward to being one of Patrick’s strongest supporters if he had decided to seek the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 31st Senate District. I look forward to an opportunity in the future to support Hope for higher office.

Now that Patrick Hope has decided not to seek this Senate nomination, a large number of his supporters and other Virginia Democrats have urged me to run. The voters in this Senate district deserve a strong progressive voice in the Virginia Senate, and they also deserve someone who will address local community concerns in all three counties within this district. If I decide to run, I am confident I will provide them with that voice.

  • I hope Tribbet runs, if only to make Babs actually have to campaign twice.

    It warms my heart to think of Babs having to sit in I-66 traffic.

    • FedUp


  • BTW, what’s with Hope’s picture? Is he running for office or American Jesus? That Halo effect is creepy.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    “It warms my heart to think of Babs having to sit in I-66 traffic.”


  • SoCo Resident

    Two robocalls recently sent to my house in one weekend by this so-called public servant– and its not even election time. He did reply to my email that never would I vote for someone so inconsiderate.

  • Miles Grant on Ben Tribbett (http://bluevirginia.us/diary/3630/ben-tribbett-considering-virginia-state-senate-run): “For people ready to dismiss Ben as a just a blogger: Go for it. Assume he won’t tirelessly knock on doors. Assume his years volunteering for Democrats & working in Virginia politics haven’t helped him build connections across the district. And certainly don’t sign up for updates on his possible campaign. I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about.”

    • Ben is more than a blogger but he needs to learn how to be a politician. Just being the most-well-read person in the room does not a politician make. You also need people skills. And not just I-get-along-with-other-males-age-22-38 skills.

      • Shane

        But let’s wait for MILES to endorse Ben’s PEOPLE skills! ROTFLMAO!!!

    • Lou

      Thanks for the advice!

    • Tribbet does have dedication.

  • KalashniKEV

    That’s too bad… this guy was so full of good ideas! 😉


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