Krupicka Announces Candidacy, Endorsements

by ARLnow.com June 27, 2012 at 10:10 am 2,979 28 Comments

Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka has officially announced his candidacy for the 45th District House of Delegates seat.

Krupicka is seeking to replace Del. David Englin, who submitted his resignation last week. In a press release, Krupicka — who ran unsuccessfully for state Senate last year — said he’s running “to ensure that we continue to have a progressive voice in Richmond.”

Krupicka’s campaign also released a list of endorsements, which includes much of the local Democratic establishment. Krupicka is expected to face Karen Gautney — the former chairwoman of the Alexandria Commission on Human Rights, whom Englin has endorsed — in an upcoming special election. Arlington School Board Member James Lander has also announced his intention to run for the 45th District seat, which includes parts of south Arlington.

The following press release was issued by the Krupicka campaign yesterday afternoon.

Today, Rob Krupicka officially announced his entrance into the race for the Democratic nomination in the 45th House of Delegates District.

“I am running for the House of Delegates to ensure that we continue to have a progressive voice in Richmond. My experience means that I will be ready to hit the ground running on day one. With two girls in school, and as a member of the State Board of Education, I will make our children’s education my top priority. As I’ve done for the last ten years, I will work for smart environmental and transportation solutions that create jobs and conserve our natural resources, and I will fight against the right-wing extremism that has rolled back women’s rights and true equality for every Virginian. We can’t move our state forward when others are trying to tear us apart.

“As a graduate of the University of Virginia, and someone who has worked to increase the number of students ready to succeed in college, I will work to make sure our public higher education system is transparent, affordable and accessible for every resident of the Commonwealth.”

“I am honored to have the support of state and local leaders as we start this campaign. I look forward to working alongside them to deliver the progressive leadership and real results that the people of the 45th district, and of Virginia, deserve.”

Rob Krupicka lives in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood with his wife Lisa and two daughters, Gillian and Janelle. He has been an active member of the community since moving to the area in 1993. He is the past president of the Del Ray Citizens Association, founder and co-chair of the Eco-City Alexandria Green Initiative, three-term member of the Alexandria City Council and currently serves as one of Governor Kaine’s appointees to the State Board of Education.

The 45th House of Delegates District covers the east end of the City of Alexandria, parts of South Arlington and Southern Fairfax counties and has been represented for the last seven years by Delegate David Englin who announced his resignation last week.

A partial list of Krupicka’s endorsements, after the jump.

  • Congressman Jim Moran
  • Congressman Gerry Connolly
  • State Senator Dick Saslaw
  • State Senator Donald McEachin
  • State Senator Chap Petersen
  • State Senator Dave Marsden
  • State Senator Barbara Favola
  • Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille
  • Former State Senator Patsy Ticer
  • Delegate Bob Brink
  • Delegate Scott Surovell
  • Delegate Alfonso Lopez
  • Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes
  • Arlington Treasurer Frank O’Leary
  • Arlington Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy
  • Arlington Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson
  • Arlington Democratic Activist Kip Malinosky
  • Blogger and Netroots leader Ben Tribbett
  • Arlington Board Member Jay Fisette
  • Democratic Activist and Editor of Blue Virginia, Lowell Feld
  • Arlington School Board Chair Abby Raphael

  • Brian K

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  • Altruist

    Rob’s going to roll over his competition in this one. If Lander were wise, he’d rethink running. And I say that as someone who is a fan of neither.

  • neutrino

    Why can’t we get someone from Arlington up in there?

    • FedUp

      The district covers 5 precincts in Arlington.

      • neutrino

        I see. Only an itty-bit of poor Arlington is affected by this.

  • Zip

    and currently serves as one of Governor Kaine’s appointees to the State Board of Education.


    • PikeMan

      not sure why that is a problem…. he still serves on the board, and was appointed by Gov. Kaine… durrrrrr indeed.

  • Demvoter

    Wow, the Arlington electeds are endorsing Krupicka over county school board member James Lander? What does that say about Lander’s ability to win a second term on the Arlington school board in 2013?

  • Becoming indifferent

    Does he support the streetcar?

    • nom de guerre

      You mean le streetcar?

  • marie antoinette

    and I will fight against the right-wing extremism that has rolled back women’s rights and true equality for every Virginian…

    huh? What rights have “right-wing extremism” rolled back?

    • Id

      It’s the talking point that is being pushed out. The “right” is waging “war” against women and minorities. This Administration and any of its supporters cannot run on any record with an economy that is as bad as the one under the Jimmy Carter Administration. The strategy is to make something go viral; truth does not matter. Also, if you keep saying it enough, people will believe it to be true.v

      • marie antoinette

        Id: +1,000

    • Flying Spaghetti Monster

      The right to not live in a Christianist theocracy.

      • Id

        I love how you lump all people who have faith as wanting to have a theocracy. We are a Republic. We were a nation founded on religious freedom based on Judeo-Christian values. We are governed by a Constitution and laws not a Bible. Look at what secularization has gotten us. Kids killing each other in schools. The idea of “good fences makes good neighbors” mentality among people. You call that success?

        • drax

          He didn’t lump all with faith as wanting theocracy. He said nothing about all people of faith.

          “Look at what secularization has gotten us. Kids killing each other in schools. The idea of “good fences makes good neighbors” mentality among people. You call that success?”

          Um, so you want a theocracy?

          • marie antoinette


            I will ask yet again. And this time be very, very specific.

            What rights have “right-wing extremism” rolled back in Virginia?

        • CourthouseChris

          “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”

          Treaty of Tripoli, ratified by US Senate June 7, 1797

        • Banksy

          Bwahahaha! Your response…I can’t even…It’s hilarious!

          • Id

            It is not founded on the Christian religion as the 1st Amendment says there shall be no establishment of religion by the Government. On our money, “In God We Trust” our national motto, 5 references to God in the Declaration of Independence, to which our inalienable rights are derived. There is no mentioning of God in our US Constitution and liberty, freedom and moral citizenry was emphasized due to Europe’s violent history with sectarian and zealous religious violence. Jefferson wanted liberty to be a guarantee.

            Christianity does not change and has not for 2000 years. The rules established are that. Because societies change and a relativistic
            view of what is right and wrong develops you therefore demand that religion change with it or not apply is hard to do in a society that allows the free expression of it. This will influence all aspects of our lives both on a private and public level.

            Without a moral compass, one is free to do what they feel is right, are relieved of the dictates of conscience and do what they want to do. This only leads to a breakdown of our society. Look at the Romans and their culture of death, i.e. Coliseum.

            I respect your right to no believe. Christ said, “Follow me” not I’m gonna to chase you down and beat you up to accept Him. Christians are easy targets because there is no vengeance. There is no right theocracy and unlike the Middle Eastern nations who do have it, no one is persecuted.

            Under the circumstances, do to man’s short time on earth comparatively I find it hard to think (which no other creature does on earth) to think our existence is random. Your presumption is that conservatives who are Christian want to Christianize the Government is just wrong. Wake up and think.

        • Flying Spaghetti Monster

          If you’re talking to me, I’m not lumpingall people who have faith. I’m singling out the minority of extremists that get elected and then try to legislate their own fundamentalist beliefs into civil law.

      • marie antoinette

        What rights have “right-wing extremism” rolled back?

    • drax

      Seriously, Marie. Don’t try this.

      • marie antoinette


        Answer the question:

        What rights have “right-wing extremism” rolled back in Virginia?

        Krupicka is an idiot on the scale of Glenn Beck and Chris Matthews.

  • Id

    So, this “war” was created to distract from the real issue — which is getting our economy growing. Virginia is the number 1 place to do business in the country. Do you think Kaine or Warner did that? Look at California, Michigan, New York, all states in crisis. They are even advertising on tv for people to come visit because of their hurting economies. Of course what party is control of those states? Nothing more to be said.

    • drax

      Right, economies are run by political parties.

      • marie antoinette

        Answer my question:

        What rights have “right-wing extremism” rolled back?

  • marie.antoniette

    I’m wrong right wingers are attacking freedom.


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