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Sun Gazette: Dels. Brink, Hope Formally Launch Bids for Re-Election Print

BY Scott McCaffrey, Staff Writer

Created: Thursday, May 5, 2011 7:54 AM

 

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Dels. Bob Brink and Patrick Hope officially launched their re-election bids May 4 by touting their ability to work with others while remaining true to core principles.

“To be effective, we need to seekDels. Bob Brink and Patrick Hope officially launched their re-election bids May 4 by touting their ability to work with others while remaining true to core principles.

"To be effective, we need to seek out allies who share our values - across jurisdictional lines, across regions and sometimes across the aisle," said Brink (D-48th), the senior member of the county's House of Delegates delegation and, with the upcoming retirement of Sens. Mary Margaret Whipple and Patsy Ticer, soon to be the senior member of the county delegation as a whole.

Brink and Hope (D-47th) launched their re-election bids at the monthly meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, which brought out Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) to sing their praises.

Plum, who chairs the House Democratic caucus, said that the party has "no more effective representation" than Brink and Hope.

"They know what they're talking about," he said. "They bring to Richmond the attitude of getting the job done."

In remarks to party members, Hope took a swipe at Republicans who currently rule the roost in Richmond.

"We stand up to a governor and attorney general who know the cost of everything but the value of nothing," he said, saying Democrats were "the party that stands up for the values of families."

Brink was first elected in 1997 to succeed Judy Connally. In 2009, he garnered 62 percent of the vote against Republican Aaron Ringel.

Hope in 2009 won a five-way Democratic primary in his first bid for elective office. He went on to defeat Republican Eric Brescia and Green Party candidate Josh Ruebner in the general election, garnering 64 percent of the vote.

So far, no other candidates have stepped forward in either race. The filing deadline is mid-June.

Brink and Hope this year each considered running for state Senate when Whipple (D-31st) announced her retirement. Both ultimately opted against a run, which would have meant they would have had to give up their safe seats in the lower house of the legislature.

Staying in the House of Delegates means both legislators are likely to remain in the minority for the near term, as Democrats have less than 40 seats in the 100-district body and could see their ranks thinned even more after November.

During the 2011 legislative session, Brink was increasingly vocal over concerns that Arlington's local officials were losing friends and allies (never in large supply for the county in Richmond) over policy positions, such as the County Board's lawsuit against the state and federal governments over HOT-lanes. In his remarks to party members, Brink on May 4 said the county's political establishment could not be effective "by retreating into Fortress Arlington and looking down on the rest of the commonwealth."

But Brink also took jabs at rural conservatives, who still have a strong power base in the General Assembly.

"More often than not it seems that they have two goals in life: Take [urban areas'] money, and impose their values and prejudices on the rest of us," Brink said.

For the past decade, Brink's district has been located exclusively in Arlington, but due to legislative redistricting, he is picking up precincts in McLean. Hope's district remains exclusively within the boundaries of Arlington. out allies who share our values - across jurisdictional lines, across regions and sometimes across the aisle,” said Brink (D-48th), the senior member of the county’s House of Delegates delegation and, with the upcoming retirement of Sens. Mary Margaret Whipple and Patsy Ticer, soon to be the senior member of the county delegation as a whole.



 



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