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Va. State Sen. Ticer Calling It Quits
NBC ^ | 17 Feb 2011 | JULIE CAREY

Posted on 02/18/2011 3:53:52 AM PST by csvset

A longtime northern Virginia political figure has decided to calls it quits.

In an emotional speech on the Virginia Senate floor, Alexandria Democrat Patsy Ticer told her colleagues, "I have finally come to the end of the line."

Ticer's 30th senate district covers Alexandria and parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties. She's been a fixture in local politics since 1982 when she was first elected to Alexandria's City Council. She became the city's first female mayor in 1991 and held that position until she was elected to the state Senate in 1995.

As Alexandria mayor, Ticer helped lead the high profile fight against former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke's efforts to build a stadium at Potomac Yard. In the Senate, she was known as a strong advocate for children, education funding and women's rights.

Ticer was a honored today with a standing ovation from her colleagues. She acknowledged it will be strange stepping away from elective office after three decades.

"It's hard for me to imagine what my life will be like not being in public office, but I look forward to this new challenge," she said.

There will be fierce competition for Ticer's seat in the solidly Democratic district. Delegate Adam Ebbin, Alexandria Councilman Rob Krupicka and Arlington School Board Chairman Libby Garvey have announced their intent to run for the Democratic nomination if Ticer retired.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: alexandria; arlington; fairfax; ticer; vageneralassembly
Any hope that the Dems might lose this seat?
1 posted on 02/18/2011 3:54:02 AM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

Sure, just as soon as Vanderbilt wins the BCS championship.


2 posted on 02/18/2011 3:56:43 AM PST by jla
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To: csvset

Only if the district can be redrawn methinks. Just sayin’.


3 posted on 02/18/2011 3:58:21 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: csvset

It’s not fun anymore for a Dem, when the legislature ceases to be a big candy store.


4 posted on 02/18/2011 4:04:43 AM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: csvset

This is in the heart of the district that sends anti-semite Jim Moran back to Congress every two years. Redistricting might shift some things, but this is probably not a pick up.

There are others though, and the GOP should be able to take back the Senate this fall.


5 posted on 02/18/2011 4:06:33 AM PST by Corin Stormhands
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To: I still care

That calls true for any big government elected official. It cannot be more pointed out by John Kyl announcing his retirement from the U.S. Senate.

Combined with redistricting, it is going to be a very interesting and lonnnnng election cycle.


6 posted on 02/18/2011 4:08:10 AM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: Corin Stormhands
Delegate Adam Ebbin, Alexandria Councilman Rob Krupicka and Arlington School Board Chairman Libby Garvey

Of the three listed here, which one is most likely to succeed?

7 posted on 02/18/2011 4:15:14 AM PST by csvset
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To: csvset
It's hard for me to imagine what my life will be like not being in public office

And therin lies the problem!
8 posted on 02/18/2011 4:22:48 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (A little bit of teenage heaven, right here on earth!)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Republicans need to vet and run viable candidates for every seat possible for 2012.

This means finding conservative and republican candidates who are fiscal conservatives and who can defend their conservative principles and values in an intelligent manner.

More dem seats are up than republican ones and all of those seats should be targets for republicans.

Republicans will need to run very good campaigns in order to win those seats and I believe they can with the right candidates.


9 posted on 02/18/2011 4:26:05 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: csvset

‘she was known as a strong advocate for children, education funding and women’s rights’

Doesn’t Big Media always ascribe the most altruistic motivation to EVERY Dem? Too bad it’s just window dressing. If they really cared about ‘the children’ they wouldn’t be Socialists.


10 posted on 02/18/2011 4:27:00 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: csvset

She sees the writing on the wall and knows that the razor thin majority the Rats have in the Senate is gone this November. VA is not a fun place to be a Democrat or liberal today and I love it.


11 posted on 02/18/2011 4:30:00 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: csvset

Sen. Ticer is a nice, professional and courteous person. Easy to work with. And a full blown liberal.

This is a Democrat seat. No ifs, ands or buts.


12 posted on 02/18/2011 4:30:02 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

“nice, professional and courteous” That is impossible...she is a loser asshat LIB. If anything, she presents as this as a ploy. It is sort of like the mooslim taqayia (lieing to your enemies). This is merely a ruse to fool you into being civil to her or listening to any garbage that comes out of her LIB/moonbat mouth. NEVER EVER believe anything the America-destroying LIBs tell you. Don’t be naive...that is what got us to this point.


13 posted on 02/18/2011 4:37:53 AM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: I still care

LOL

Yeah...as Wisconsin is proving.


14 posted on 02/18/2011 4:42:06 AM PST by Adder (Part 1 Accomplished)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

All liberals are evil and must be sterilized without exceptions.


15 posted on 02/18/2011 4:54:08 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: csvset

Without an incumbent, these precincts will likely be pilfered by adjacent libs. I think they need to lose one seat inside the beltway. That should help the good guys in the outer burbs.


16 posted on 02/18/2011 5:14:50 AM PST by VaFederalist
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To: originalbuckeye

“Strong advocate of children, education funding and women`s rights”

Translated: “Supports government intrusion on family matters, specifically marxist indoctrination of children; and backs taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.”


17 posted on 02/18/2011 5:54:06 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Ev Reeman

This means finding conservative and republican candidates who are fiscal conservatives and who can defend their conservative principles and values in an intelligent manner.

NO, this mean finding conservatives who are full fledged conservatives, not strictly “fiscal conservatives”.

J.S.


18 posted on 02/18/2011 5:56:56 AM PST by JSDude1 (December 18, 2010 the Day the radical homosexual left declared WAR on the US Military.)
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To: csvset

Losing any seat held by a DemRat is a big gain—unless replaced by a more toxic Dem which then the majority of people in that district deserve the rotten outcome.


19 posted on 02/18/2011 6:03:09 AM PST by tflabo
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To: csvset

I am hoping a Republican can pick up this seat, even though this is the People’s Republic of Northern Virginia


20 posted on 02/18/2011 7:05:53 AM PST by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
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To: csvset
Of the three listed here, which one is most likely to succeed?

I really don't know the district well enough to answer that.

21 posted on 02/18/2011 1:40:46 PM PST by Corin Stormhands
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To: DarthVader
She sees the writing on the wall and knows that the razor thin majority the Rats have in the Senate is gone this November.

She's also a 76-yr-old widow. She could win again if she wanted to.

22 posted on 02/18/2011 1:42:32 PM PST by Corin Stormhands
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To: Corin Stormhands

Ginny could win again but several of her colleagues will not. Most conservative Dems in Dem districts see their own party as the enemy now.


23 posted on 02/18/2011 3:02:39 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: ScottinVA

Yep!


24 posted on 02/18/2011 4:32:28 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: DarthVader

Who’s Ginny? It’s Patsy Ticer.

And yes, I agree that she understands she would be in the minority. But I know Senator Ticer. All I’m really saying is that ~for her~ age and the fact that she lost her husband a few years ago are as strong a consideration for her as the possibility of being in the minority.


25 posted on 02/18/2011 6:49:07 PM PST by Corin Stormhands
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