Del. Patrick Hope Announces He Will Not Run for State Senate


    Although I fully understand why Del. Patrick Hope made this announcement, I find it highly discouraging, as I believe Hope would have made the strongest candidate for State Senate from the 31st district, as well as a superb, progressive champion in the State Senate. I guess this is what happens when Dick Saslaw uses heavy-handed tactics in order to “clear the field” (see here for more) for his preferred candidate. That’s certainly not “democracy” as I know it.

    Delegate Patrick Hope (VA-47) Decides to Seek Re-Election to the House

    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.  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.  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.

    This was a very difficult decision for me to make and I realize there will be many people disappointed by this announcement.  Filling the experience gap left behind by my dear friend, Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, and after a very challenging year for Arlington in the legislature, voters of the 31st District deserve a strong, progressive Senator who knows how to effectively legislate and already has earned the respect of colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

    Serving the people of the 47th District remains a distinct honor and privilege.  Therefore, I hereby announce my intention to seek re-election to the House in November and I look forward to continuing my public service to the people of Arlington.

    Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County.  He serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.

    • Here’s his statement:



      Long-time Virginia Democratic leader Ben Tribbett today strongly praised his fellow Democrat, Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), on the occasion of Hope’s announcement earlier today that Hope has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s Senate District 31.

      “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”, Tribbett said. “I look forward to an opportunity in the future to support Hope for higher office”, Tribbett added.

      “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,” Tribbett noted.  “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”, Tribbett concluded.


      Ben Tribbett is a long-time Virginia Democratic leader who grew up in Fairfax County. He currently resides in the Rosslyn neighborhood in Arlington. Tribbett has served as the campaign manager or chief consultant to 13 Fairfax and Loudoun county general election candidates- compiling a record of 11-0 in general elections, including 7-0 in Republican held seats that were successfully “turned blue”.  In recent years, Tribbett has focused on his technology business in Arlington and running “Not Larry Sabato”, Virginia’s most heavily visited political blog.   He is best known for having broken the “macaca” story in 2006 that led to George Allen’s defeat.

      The 31st Senate district as redrawn and sent to the Governor for approval includes three counties- Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun.  The portions of Arlington County included in the district are areas around Columbia Pike and the Ballston to Rosslyn corridor which include the highest density young voter populations in the Commonwealth.  The district then straddles the Potomac River through parts of North Arlington and into Fairfax County, where Tribbett served as President of the Fairfax Young Democrats among other roles.  The Fairfax portion of the district includes portions of McLean inside the beltway that are north of Old Dominion Road , all of McLean outside the beltway, all of Great Falls, and portions of Vienna (Colvin/Shouse precincts) and Herndon (Clearview and Sugarland precincts).  The district then continues into Loudoun County where it includes most of the district currently known as Sugarland Run, which like Arlington has large pockets of young voters included.

    • antonio_m_elias

      Just saying – glad to keep him in the House!