Del. Scott Won’t Seek Re-Election In November, F.C. Dem Head Says

Del. Jim Scott’s long and storied career representing Northern Virginia including the City of Falls Church will end this year as he announced today he will not seek election to another term this November.

F.C. Democratic Committee chair Betty Coll forwarded the news tonight. She said that at least one Democrat has expressed an interest in running for the seat, former aid to ex-Fairfax County Board chair Kate Hanley, Marcus Simon.

The following is the full text of a press release that Del. Scott released tonight:

“Delegate James M. “Jim” Scott announced today that he will not seek reelection to a 12th term in the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2013.

“‘I feel privileged to have spent the last twenty two years as a member of the oldest continuously meeting legislative body in the new world, however, I’ve come to the decision that it is time to make room for new ideas and new voices,’ said Scott.

“”I am very proud of the things I’ve been able to accomplish in nearly 40 years of public service, particularly in the areas of housing, conflict resolution, and technology.’

“Early in his career in the House of Delegates, Scott introduced legislation to allow localities in Virginia to implement affordable dwelling unit ordinances to increase the availability of low cost and workforce housing throughout Virginia.

“Delegate Scott was a champion in Richmond for the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, which will break ground on its long awaited Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in the Mason Neck area of Fairfax County later this year.

“Delegate Scott also introduced the legislation that created the office of Secretary of Technology in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and together with Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Frank Wolf, worked on legislation at the state level to facilitate the increased use of telework in Northern Virginia.

“As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Scott authored Fairfax County’s human rights ordinance. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Office for Children and the implementation of the School Age Child Care program (SACC).

“Scott was first elected to public office in 1971 when he won election to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in the Providence District. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1991, defeating his Republican opponent by a single vote.”