Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Outspoken political blogger Ben Tribbett not running for senate

Ben Tribbett

Political junkies know Ben Tribbett’s hugely popular blog Not Larry Sabbato. Ben, 31 was contemplating a run for retiring Senator Margaret Whipple’s (D-31) seat.

Though many including me were pushing him to run he has taken the prudent route and announced last night he would not run.  This leaves two other candidates in the contest to win the Democratic nomination in the largely Democratic senate district.

Ben lives in Arlington or more specifically the Roslyn neighborhood of NOVA.

The two remaining Democratic candidates are Arlington County Board member Barbara Favola and Jaime Areizaga-Soto.

For those of you who don’t know Ben he has ties to the Roanoke Valley with family living in Mount Pleasant. I had the pleasure of meeting his 96 year-old grandmother who Ben adores.

Letter from Ben Tribbett this morning:

Thanks for signing up to hear the news on my potential campaign for State Senate this year. Your pledges of financial or volunteer support and words of encouragement have meant a lot to me.

I’ve decided not to run for the Virginia Senate this year.

Having an opportunity to spend a few weeks considering a campaign of this magnitude is a huge honor and I’ve learned a lot during this process about our community and important issues that need to be addressed. There are hundreds of factors that go into a decision like this and I’d rather not outline my “pros and cons” in an email.

This decision not to run was made so much more difficult by the outpouring of support we received. 12 current or former members of the General Assembly, 31 current/former local elected officials in Northern Virginia all pledged their endorsements to our campaign. Over 250 people pledged to donate- and over 300 pledged their time to volunteer before we even announced! These are the kinds of numbers that any candidate would be lucky to have even without a primary. Clearly there is enormous support for changing in the way we do business in Richmond and I hope the other candidates running will respond to that.

Thank you all very much, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to move this Commonwealth forward.

Ben Tribbett

Posted By Valerie Garner

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