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Letter to the Editor: Shellock on Krupicka's Victory

Alexandrian Sarah Shellock seeks to ensure the delegate representing the state's 45th District is nonpartisan.

To the editor:

Congratulations to Rob Krupicka for winning the nomination in the Democratic Primary for the 45th District House of Delegates. It is widely anticipated that he will win the Sept. 4 election against his Republican opponent in this heavily Democratic district.

As a voter in Alexandria, I am disappointed with Krupicka’s early attacks on his future Republican colleagues and Governor Bob McDonnell for having the Special Election on Sept. 4. There are two special elections that day in Virginia, and due to the fact that the delegate in Norfolk should win the nomination for the Senate, his delegate seat will need to be filled on the Nov. 6 ballot. That is the reason Sept. 4 is the statewide date.

If Krupicka goes to Richmond with a partisan attitude, he is already showing he will achieve nothing as a minority member in the House of Delegates that is 68-32 Republican.

As an Alexandrian, I want my elected leaders to work for the people they represent and not the party. I only hope that Councilman Frank Fannon, who received the most votes in the last City Council election of any candidate seeking re-election this year, gives Krupicka some advice on how to work across party lines before he leaves for Richmond. If Krupicka cannot learn to work with Republicans in Richmond like Fannon works with Democrats in Alexandria, his predicted victory on Sept. 4 will mean nothing.

Sincerely,
Sarah Shellock

Al Fried August 07, 2012 at 11:46 AM
So KRUPICKA is at fault for pointing out the absurdity of setting Alexandria's special election on September 4? The possible issues in Norfolk are nothing but political cover for imposing unnecessary expenses on Alexandria and the local Democratic party. Apparently Sarah Shellock thinks "nonpartisan" means accepting whatever the Republicans want.
NoBS August 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
The Norfolk election has no impact whatsover on the 45th District. McDonnell's excuse for choosing the dates he did was that he tought a Delegate down in the Norfolk area might run for the late Senator Yvonne Miller's seat, which would mean another special election, but that seat does not "need" to be on the November ballot. It could be held before that or even after, and in any event, that has no bearing on the 45th seat. McDonnell could have called the special election only in Norfolk for Sept 4 and put the 45th seat on the November ballot. There was absolutely no reason to call the 45th Delegate seat for a special election on Sept 4 - none whatsoever - except to try to mess with the voters of the 45th and suppress turnout.
Edgar Warfield August 08, 2012 at 08:14 PM
It's easy to yell from the sidelines -- especially to attack Rob for pointing out a dumb decision on the Governor's part. Not to mention the large cost, which goes on the public tab: If Sarah Shellack is such a super supporter of specials, she should shell out the significant sheckels to sponsor the substantial sum to hold it. I'm also shocked, SHOCKED, to find partisan-ness in a political election! How can this be? Oh, my. What disturbing developments will Sarah discover next -- dogs in the dog park? Hot coffee at Misha's? Very truly yours, E. Warfield
Walt Simpson August 08, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Looking at Google, the Alexandria GOP website has a profile of Sarah Shellock (http://www.alexgop.org/sarahshellock). This raises two questions: (1) Did she violate Patch rules by submitting a letter without disclosing an affiliation relevant to the subject matter? (2) Did the Alexandria GOP mean to makes profiles of its members publicly accessible?
Thom Kohout August 09, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I agree that Mr. Krupika should go to Richmond with an open-minded, non-partisan attitude. Of course if he does, when he gets there he'll find he's the only one taking that approach. Certainly our governor and attorney general have not been so inclined.

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