Brink, Whipple for Hope in the 47th House District
Del. Bob Brink and Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple have endorsed Patrick Hope in the five-man Democratic primary to replace Al Eisenberg in the 47th House District in Arlington.
The endorsement could make a difference in such a crowded field, particularly in an election likely to be dominated by activist voters who know Brink and Whipple personally. The nod also comes, perhaps not coincidentally, on the heels of former president Bill Clinton's endorsement of Adam Parkhomenko -- an endorsement that caused some Arlington Democrats to grumble privately about Clinton's entrance into a local primary contest.
Brink and Whipple were careful to include a kind word about all five candidates, who face each other in the June 9 primary. (It's worth noting, though, that the lawmakers seem to have struggled to say anything substantive about Parkhomenko.)
"Miles Grant is an articulate and forceful advocate for the environment," they wrote in an open letter this morning. "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."
But, Brink and Whipple continued: Hope "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.'"
In heavily Democratic Arlington, whoever the nominee is will be favored to win in November.
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