Don Beyer served Virginia as Lieutenant Governor in the 90s with distinction, despite his crushing loss to Governor Jim Gilmore, due to Gilmore’s “no car tax” pledge. Beyer went on to serve the Obama Administration as Ambassador to Switzerland for four years, along with his capable and ambitious spouse. A most successful businessman, Beyer has provided many jobs and pumped plenty of dollars into the economy, while amassing at least a small fortune. Most all of this speaks well of the venerable Don Beyer, but does it make him the best choice for our next member of Congress from the eighth district or is the next generation of leadership desperately needed to help transform our broken Congress and to represent our interests?
I believe that, at this critical time, Patrick Hope is the best man for the job. Hope is an accomplished legislator, having served as Arlington’s 47th District delegate in the General Assembly for five years. He has served with distinction, founder of the Assembly’s Progressive Caucus, focusing on critical issues like health care, human services, jobs, and education—the issues that matter to most Virginians, particularly those who go without. First and foremost he is a beloved family man and effective advocate for the ‘underdog,’ and a health care attorney for the American College of Cardiology. He is running to represent the interests of the eighth congressional district voters and to help transform Congress for years to come. We need a youthful, experienced and demonstrated champion for this critical seat. We need Hope for Congress!