Not Running in 2013

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been the subject of some attention, perhaps undeserved, regarding a potential run for Governor.  I did not deny the inquiries, because I was seriously considering it.

To run for public office, a lot of pieces must be in place:  family, financial, professional and spiritual.  A candidate must also have a vision which is congruent with the moment.  Timing is everything.

After a lot of thought, I’ve determined that 2013 is not my time.  I will be actively in support of the Democratic ticket, but I will not be on it.

I’m very blessed right now to have a growing family, a busy law practice and a seat in the Virginia Senate.  Those obligations, plus additional ones with church and community, will take up my time for the next two years.

To run statewide, you need to commit 24/7 at least a year prior.  I can’t make that commitment right now.  I can’t even make it in the next 2-3 months.

The Democratic Party deserves a candidate who will engage now and begin building the necessary foundation for statewide success.  I have a lot of ideas, both substantive and political, which I’d like to offer that person(s) once they emerge.

I’d like to thank everyone who encouraged me to run in 2013.  It was both flattering and humbling.  I don’t take that for granted.

I expect to see my Democratic friends at the 2012 State Convention in Fairfax.  Or, better yet, at our annual “Young Lawyers” party at ICONS in Fairfax City on Thursday, May 31.   Have a cold beer with me and enjoy the live music!

Peace.  Chap





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  • Robert J. Smith III

    Looking forward to that day when you do run, Chap.