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Sun Gazette: Endorsement: Hope in the 47th House District Print

By Scott McCaffrey

Created:  Tuesday, September 20, 2011 6:19AM


In the 47th House District, freshman Democrat Patrick Hope is unopposed for re-election, and merits a second term.

Hope is at times a study in contrasts: One moment he wants to be seen as a soberminded, results-oriented Mr. Bipartisan, the next he vies for the title of fiery Mr. Progressive standing up against the GOP majority. The potential down side to such political schizophrenia is that the two Hopes would cancel each other out, rendering him ineffective in Richmond.

And yet, Hope has come out of the box strong in his first two sessions of the General Assembly, being taken seriously by the powers on both sides of the aisle. He’s thoughtful on the issues and works to craft solutions on issues ranging from health care to public safety.

He’s deserving of re-election.