Rob Krupicka picked up the endorsement of State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) on Wednesday in the race to replace David Englin as state delegate from the 45th District.
Krupicka, an Alexandria City councilman and a member of the State Board of Education, one year ago this month.
“[Rob] has been a steadfast ally in the fight for true equality, a world-class education system, a cleaner environment, smart transportation solutions, and innovative policies that keep our economy strong,” Ebbin wrote in an email to supporters on Wednesday morning.
The announcement came on the eve of to determine the Democratic nominee. Krupicka is running against fellow Alexandria resident Karen Gautney, who from the House of Delegates.
The 45th District includes much of the east end of Alexandria, parts of southern Arlington County including Fairlington, and a portion of the Huntington-Belle Haven area of Fairfax County. Democrats can participate in the caucus to select a nominee .
Ebbin, the only openly gay member of the General Assembly, chose to endorse Krupicka over Gautney, who is gay and a former president of the Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association and former chairwoman of the Alexandria Commission on Human Rights.
“I’ve been honored to have in this race, but to have Adam's support means a lot,” Krupicka said in a statement. “We’ve been friends for years and we’ve always shared a common goal for what Virginia can be. I hope to have the opportunity to serve the people alongside him in Richmond.”