Virginia Beach Delegate Sal Iaquinto announced on the House of Delegates floor today that he will not seek reelection.
Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, the Virginian-Pilot reports Iaquinto said:
“They need me to coach their football teams, to go on scouting trips, and to help with homework,” he said. “When I was first elected, my oldest was in preschool, and now he’s about to enter middle school. Before I know it, they’ll all be in college, out of the house, and with families of their own. I don’t want to miss those years.”
Iaquinto, first elected in 2006, also was one of the first to conduct a podcast with Bearing Drift. Ironically, BD interviewed the “freshman delegate” following the marathon transportation session that accomplished very little.
Iaquinto was once then-Del. Bob McDonnell’s legislative aide before being elected to serve in the seat after McDonnell had been elected as Attorney General in 2005.
Some possible GOP successors include: Glenn Davis, Virginia Beach City Councilman; Dennis Free, a former police officer and candidate for Virginia Beach City Council in 2011; and Ben Loyola, one-time candidate for the GOP congressional nomination (2010) and, most recently, 6th Senate District GOP nominee v. Sen. Ralph Northam (2011).