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Krupicka Officially Announces Candidacy for Englin's Seat

Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka says education is his top priority and promises to fight against "right-wing extremism."

Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 45th District House of Delegates seat on Tuesday.

Krupicka said in statement that his top priority is education and that he will also work toward environmental and transportation solutions that create jobs and conserve natural resources.

"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,” said Krupicka, who is also a member of the State Board of Education.

Last week, Del. David Englin (D) announced his resignation from the seat in the 45th district effective Aug. 31, saying it was time for him and his family to leave public life. Englin to focus on his family after admitting to being unfaithful in his marriage. 

Englin told Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) last week he hoped the special election for his seat coincides with the Nov. 6 General Election.

and took a perceived shot at Krupicka, saying "any candidate who enters this race as a stepping stone to statewide office will be too concerned with how his votes, positions, and agenda will play with future voters elsewhere who don't share our community's progressive values.”

Krupicka, Gautney and Arlington County School Board member are the only candidates who have announced their intentions to run for the seat.

Englin endorsed Krupicka in the Democratic primary for the 30th District State Senate seat last year, a heated race that was won by Adam Ebbin.

Krupicka said in his statement that he is running "to ensure that we continue to have a progressive voice in Richmond" and that he would “fight against the right-wing extremism that has rolled back women’s rights and true equality for every Virginian.”

He also listed the names of more than 40 notable public supporters, including U.S. Reps. Jim Moran (D-8th) and Gerry Connolly (D-11th), Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes, Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland, State Sens. Dick Saslaw (D-35th), Donald McEachin (D-9th), Chap Petersen (D-34th), Dave Marsden (D-37th), Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Dels. Bob Brink (D-48th), Scott Surovell (D-44th) and Alfonso Lopez (D-49th).

“Rob is a strong, dedicated progressive who will fight for our values and won't back down,” Brink said. “I need him as a partner in the General Assembly.”

Jim Miller June 28, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Peter, there are HUGE differences between Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, besides geographics. Eighty percent of Alexandria's overall population do not have any children, which puts it at one of the lowest, if not the lowest, adult-to-child ratio in the Washington, DC Metro Area. And Bill Campbell is right in noting that out of the other twenty percent of families with children, many are black and Latino. So the divide and fisures of the problems of Alexandria City Public Schools is very hard to fix, as tragically embarrassing as they might be, in relation to the very low ratings that are noted in comparison to other school systems in the Commonwealth. Some of the issues are cultural, financial, and that is hard for any public agency to govern, because they can't change and reformat parents, or lifestyles, or any other part of our lives in order to try to create balance. Much more of a dramatic infusion of funds, resources, and talent need to be put into preschool, where children are given guidance and are taught at a rate of pace to show success in the classroom can actually help build great work habits for their entire scholastic career. Additionally, parents, no matter what their background, want to all see their children do well, and a continuation of outreach into the black and Latino communities should additionally be given more resources, as we all hope for a great future for all of our children in the Alexandria City Public School System.
Kim Moore June 28, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I am very happy that Rob is running for the position and look forward to voting for him. While Rob and I have not always agreed on issues, I appreciate his opinions as being very thoughtful, and he is an excellent listener. I regard those as qualities of a smart politician. His dedication to our city, our state's schools and his community are examples of his well-rounded desire to improve Cirginia and Alexandria. As President of the DelRay Citizens Association back in 2001-2002, Rob made our neighborhood's needs clear to the City. On City Council, he has sought to find balance. His record of community, city and state service has continually strengthened my respect for him.
Ken Stevens June 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Go Rob!
Rudy Garcia June 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Great to hear that you are running, i'm in your corner and will be working to help you get elected.
Lisa July 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Amen. I am so tired of reading all these snipes at ACPS and public schools in general. If you don't like what you hear about your city's schools, I encourage any one who has time to go on these blogs to channel that time into volunteering time and talents and doing what you can do to contribute towards making your school system a better place. The teachers can't do it alone, and don't deserve all the blame when state test scores aren't perfect. Good schools have a strong component of community support, support of all types.

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