Friday, May 15, 2009
On June 9, Democrats in the 47th District will choose a candidate to succeed our friend and colleague Al Eisenberg. It’s a testament to the vitality of the Arlington Democratic Party that five Arlingtonians with a wide range of qualifications have stepped forward to seek the nomination. Miles Grant is an articulate and forceful advocate for the environment. Alan Howze has a deep understanding of how policy is formulated in Richmond. Adam Parkhomenko is youthful and enthusiastic. Andres Tobar’s longstanding efforts to promote an inclusive and progressive community have made Arlington a better place.
We are supporting Patrick Hope because he offers a unique combination of personal, professional and community experience that will make him an effective member of the House of Delegates from Day 1. Patrick has shown leadership, compassion, and commitment on behalf of Arlington’s most vulnerable citizens. He is a consensus builder and a creative problem solver. His civic activism is in the finest tradition of “The Arlington Way.”
For many years, Arlington’s delegation to the General Assembly has worked as a team to advance our community’s interests in Richmond and to promote Arlington values. We are confident that Patrick Hope will contribute significantly to our delegation’s effectiveness, and we urge the 47th District’s Democrats to vote for Patrick on Tuesday, June 9.
Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-31, Arlington/Falls Church)
Del. Bob Brink (D-48, north Arlington)
Full disclosure: I have known Pat for years and consider him a friend. --ST
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