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Washington Examiner: Hope Takes a Pass on Senate Run Print

BY: David Sherfinski, Examiner Staff Writer

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:08 AM


Virginia Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, has opted to run for reelection to the House of Delegates rather than make a bid for the state Senate seat to be vacated by retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington.

“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. “Running an effective campaign with the geographical diversity of the new district would take me away from spending quality time with my young family.”

Indeed, the proposed new district would expand north and west, and snake from Arlington all the way through Fairfax into Loudoun County.

Hope added that he was "humbled" by hundreds of voters living in the proposed new district that pledged support, but that his first obligation was to his family. He did not, however, rule out a run for higher office at a future date.

Arlington board member Barbara Favola has announced that she will be running for the seat.