As you may have heard, I have decided not to run for re-election to the House of Delegates in November. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you and our community for almost thirty-five years, first as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors representing Providence District and now as Delegate representing the City of Falls Church, Merrifield, and portions of Providence, Mason, and McLean Districts.
In local and state government, I have worked across party and geographic lines to improve opportunities in education, human rights, technology, transportation, human services, and conflict resolution. I believe that, with my colleagues in Fairfax, Falls Church, and Richmond, we have made notable progress. However, more needs to be done legislatively and politically to ensure equal opportunities for access to education, housing, and jobs for all our citizens. For that reason, while I will not seek elective office, I will remain involved with these and other related issues as an active member of our community.
Public service has afforded me many unforgettable opportunities and memories, including that one vote victory for my first election to the House in 1991. I am deeply grateful for the support many of you have shown for issues on which we have worked together and for the friendship you shared with me and my family through the years.
I will continue to serve as Delegate for the 53rd District until December 31st of this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions about a state-related matter or concerns you would like to share.