Updated: Englin Turns in Resignation, Endorses Gautney

Del. David Englin tells Gov. Bob McDonnell he hopes a special election will be held on Nov. 6.

Del. David Englin (D-45th) announced Thursday that he has submitted his resignation from the House of Delegates effective Aug. 31 and endorsed Karen Gautney to replace him.

In April, to focus on rebuilding his marriage and family. He admitted to being unfaithful to his wife.

In his resignation notice to Gov. Bob McDonnell, Englin said he hoped a special election for his seat would be held during the Nov. 6 General Election “to ensure the best possible stewardship of taxpayer resources.”

Englin endorsed Gautney, writing: "The people of the 45th District deserve a Delegate who is totally devoted to fighting for what's right and not distracted by future political ambitions. … Karen's diplomacy, wit and tough-minded integrity make her uniquely qualified to break through the disfunction [sic] in Richmond and deliver results. I urge everyone who has stood with me over the years as your Delegate to stand with Karen Gautney now and do everything you can to ensure she is the Democratic nominee for this seat.”

Gautney, an Alexandria resident, is former president of the Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association and former chairwoman of the Alexandria Commission on Human Rights.

and , both Democrats, have said they will run for Englin’s seat.

"State assemblies are ground zero in the fight for issues I am most passionate about. The last few years have brought forth a hard turn toward divisive politics and legislation that focus on winning the next election, not solving the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow," Gautney said in a emailed statement to Patch. "More than ever, we need strong progressive voices to stand up for principles over politics. I have spent my life in service, both professionally and as a volunteer. My work, civic and life experiences have prepared me to bring a real world, common sense approach to issues such as the needs of military service members and veterans, women’s healthcare decisions, LGBT equality, law enforcement and corrections, safe learning environments in schools, and policies that affect children and working families."

Englin in a statement characterized the 45th District as "one of the most progressive communities in the Commonwealth" that should be "represented by somebody who is willing to stand up without fear to the anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-immigrant extremist social agenda being foisted by House Republicans."

He added that the district's representative “must not hesitate to voice the progressive ideals of the district in all matters before the House. 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.” 

in the councilman’s failed bid for the 30th District state Senate seat in 2011. Krupicka, who is also a member of the State Board of Education, previously worked with Englin to craft . 

Editor's note: The original version of this article has been modified to state that Karen Gautney is former president of the Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association and former chairwoman of the Alexandria Commission on Human Rights. 

Peter June 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I am SICK AND TIRED of sexual orientation becoming the litmus test for election to the General Assembly inside the Beltway. David Englin became the local John Edwards. I don't trust anything about him, including his endorsements. Delegate Englin, please move away, and take Team Englin with you!
Janet June 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM
"Team Englin" was a political machine that attempted to track every constituents' every move. Except for David's, of course. No way I would ever vote for anyone he endorsed, especially someone with a background in criminal investigation.
Jim Miller June 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I wholeheartedly agree with the thought that having an 'Englin endorsement', from either David, or Shayna, is truly the kiss of death, politically. The whole Englin schtick started going 'south' a while ago for most people in Alexandria, so the mere fact that he fooled around on Shayna and was man enough to take responsibility should give him bonus points as they both pack their political careers, 'goodbye', but good riddance, too. For David and Shayna, if it wasn't 'their way', it was the proverbial highway. Rob Krupicka can thank Shayna for screwing up his chances of winning a seat that seamed tailored for him to jump into. The mere fact that Adam Ebbin came through and won it all is more of a testament to the good ground game and support that he had, versus what Shayna was not able to enfuse into Rob's campaign, which was supposed to be a lock. The one person in all of this though, as a human being, that we all should be worried about, is Caleb, David and Shayna's son. It's sad that any child goes through a split between parents, but in his case, let's hope that they both completely patch things up, turn their lives around, go off in a different direction with the three of them all together, David, Shayna and Caleb. Back to Karen, though. Politically, in this area, Karen is probably more wired and networked for progressive grass roots issues, than Rob. Karen also doesn't have any of the political baggage that Rob has, which in the long term, will help her win this race.
Peter June 22, 2012 at 12:55 AM
'Team Englin' is going to morph into 'Team Gautney'. And she has a background in criminal investigation. When I called David asking what he was going to do about having Quaker Lane repaved 'Team Englin' responded by asking a laundry list of questions about ME. I've had too many experiences with gay men and lesbians in Fairlington who want to keep their personal lives personal while wanting to know everything about my personal life to vote for Karen Gautney. I'm voting for Rob.
Beth Jarvis June 22, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I offer we hold a spelling bee between Rob and Karen. The candidate who spells dysfunction properly wins the election. Afterall, the people of the 45th District deserve a Delegate who knows how to spell. Meow ;)
C.D. June 22, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Looks to me like she would focus on LGBT issues in Richmond and, unlike David, work to progressively criminalize heterosexuality.
Jim Miller June 22, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Look everybody, we all now know what a train wreck 'Team Englin' has become. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Hopefully David and Shayna can move out of our political lives forever, for the true mess, deception and hatred that at least Shayna set forth among other Democrats in Alexandria and in the area is truly unconscionable. It was only a true matter of time before 'Team Englin' came crashing to the ground, anyways, with how they rubbed everyone wrong within the past twelve months, even more so. Shayna should take 'political consultant' off of her moniker due to the fact that she's now 0-3 in campaigns that have been absolute disasters. Shayna, Sean Holihan, Danny Barefoot, among others (I'll leave Gail Gordon out of this because she was the ONLY one from the PAC to attack a fellow Democrat, Boyd Walker, to publicly apologize) have helped to build the overall ill-will that many Democrats in Alexandria have about the leadership of the Alexandria Democratic Committee. Let me say that I believe that there are some members in the ADC who are good people who are led by a completely feckless group of political hacks who have demoralized and embarrassed we, as Democrats, in the City of Alexandria for way too long. Sure, you're reading this saying, 'Uh, oh, there he goes again,' but I can't say it enough, and there are many Democrats in Alexandria who share my sentiments. It's time for a new group of true Democrats to come forward to lead Alexandria in the future. Our time as come.
James Hunter June 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM
One thing I don't understand. Englin endorsed Krupicka last year, when Krupicka was seeking the state senate nomination. Now, Englin's endorsed Gautney, and taken a veiled shot at Krupicka. What happened? Did Krupicka have something to do with Englin's marital foibles coming to light?
Peter June 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Mr. Miller, Team Englin WAS the next generation of true Democrats that came forward to lead Alexandria. Why did I get personally vetted for asking that Quaker Lane be repaved? Seen Quaker Lane lately? I am NOT going to support anybody David tells me to support. Karen Gautney is another train wreck waiting to happen.
C.D. June 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM
One thing is for sure, I'm supporting Andy MacDonald for Mayor.
Dennis Auld June 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Jim, just out of curiosity, are you also known as Bud Miller. Just curious to see if you are one in the same person, or are two different people.
Jim Miller June 22, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Dennis, other than the last name of 'Miller', I don't know or have ever met Bud Miller. Couldn't spot him if I saw him walking down a sidewalk on King Street in Old Town. I have read his writings, here on Patch, and in other publications. I would venture to guess that Mr. Bud Miller is not a progressive liberal Democrat, as I am, but he does have some very good points to convey about many issues confronting Alexandrians.
NoBS June 22, 2012 at 07:21 PM
JIm Miller - I'd like to meet you sometime. I'll be at the Wine Festival at the PTO tomorrow from about noon - 3 at the ADC table. My email and phone are on the ADC website if you wish to contact me. James Hunter - regarding your question about Rob having anything to do with the discovery of David's affair, I'm pretty sure the answer to that is no. I know who informed Shayna, and it was not Rob. David was pretty brazen, and a number of people were aware of the situation. It got to be so brazen that some people close to Shayna felt they had to tell her, but that was not Rob.
Dennis Auld June 23, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Thanks Jim, appreciate you answering my question.
Mark Williams June 24, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Englin's exit-endorsement was nothing more than a malicious effort to throw so many of his friends and supporters under the bus. It was unseemly. Karen may have many strengths, but she has not 1/50th of onr percent of Rob's experience and technical expertise -- and both are essential in a state legislature that doesn't provide a full-time legislative aide to members. Rob will show up having already had years of legislative experience, and having already been a state board appointee. Englin's actions are a slap at everyone, and set Karen up for a needless and potentially harmful defeat. So long, Dave; keep packing those boxes.
OT insider June 24, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Good luck with that CD. I think he'd be an absolute disaster for the city. Bill Euille deserves another term and he's going to get it.
OT insider June 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Jim Miller June 24, 2012 at 03:08 AM
'Team Englin' needs to get together to help David, Shayna and Caleb all pack up their stuff so they can move out of town and start fresh somewhere else.
NoBS June 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Rare occasion when I agree with both Mark Williams and Jim Miller. I recevied some nasty emails from Shayna yesterday. They seem to be intent on alienating everyone who ever volunteered for David. I don't get it but whatever...I have a pretty thick skin. I wish them well in private life.
Jim Miller June 24, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Gail, wow, truly incredible! Shayna Englin has certifiably 'lost it' in so many ways, that with her sending you nasty emails, only goes to show that she and David need to pack up their goofy three-ringed circus and get the 'H' out of Alexandria. Shayna Englin is now a mean and bitter person, not for her husband, David Englin, being the 'Tiger Woods' of adulterers in local Alexandria politics, but for the way she has comported and conducted herself, as a so called 'political consultant', where she's now famously, "Oh-and-three", but now that she has been outed for being one of the most mean-spirited, vile, overly vicious and disgusting person that she is, maybe now I see why David was out and about, spreading his 'seed of goodwill' to so many wanting women. You have had the Alexandria Democratic Committee leave you, out there, hanging in the wind, while you got railed for working with Shayna on the PAC to destroy the political career of Boyd Walker (which he was already doing, himself, by the way), to now have Shayna send you nasty emails, is simply over-the-top. You may be thick skinned, as you say, but with yourself being an attorney, I would hope that you work to have Shayna Englin prosecuted if the emails that she has sent you are indeed threatening to you, personally, or to any member of your family. It's sad to see what the likes of Shayna Englin, Sean Holihan, Danny Barefoot, and David Englin, now, too, have done to the Alexandria Democratic Committee. It's disgusting!
Richard Trahon June 24, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Can't help but notice, driving along Duke Street today, that the only political signs still in the median are for Sean Holihan. Looks like "Team Englin" doesn't clean up after itself. But we already knew that.
Jim Miller June 24, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Yes, there are 'Sean Holihan' signs ALL OVER ALEXANDRIA, as, and you're right Richard, they are the ONLY ones still up, now almost two weeks after the primary, where Holihan thankfully lost. This is a perfect example of how the Alexandria Democratic Committee doesn't clean up its mess, not 'Team Holihan', although Shayna Englin, with her crack campaign staff, apparently must have missed picking up quite a few, if not all of Sean Holihan's signs. This is a continuing problem of many past campaigns, where the loser simply throws in the towel and leaves all of his or her signs up all over Alexandria. Sean Holihan is the latest example of why he, his partner, Danny Barefoot, along with Shayna and David "Let Me Tuck You In Baby" Englin, needs to pack up and leave Alexandria, because their stench is out doing Sean's now obtrusive signs that dot medians throughout our city.
Peter June 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Pack up Karen also, before she transforms Team Englin into Team Gautney and starts her crusade to legally pursue every Alexandria heterosexual male over 13 as a Jerry Sandusky wannabe.
Dennis Auld June 25, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Richard, Jim, lets be fair. I notice Boyd, Lovain, Smedburg, Fannon, and other signs out there. To just characterize Sean signs as the only ones, and ADC is responsible for not cleaning up is just BS.
Jim Miller June 25, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Dennis, in regards to candidates who are still viable, I believe, but I'm not sure, that they can still have their signs up. Boyd, along with Sean, and any other candidate who lost in the primary should clearly have their signs removed, and there might be a violation of all the signs that are up now, too. Not sure. I, for one, don't vote on signs that are posted all around Alexandria. I think that political 'estate sale' signs in median strips, on poles, or wherever, pollute the visual beauty of what Alexandria has to offer. I believe that there should, in the future, be a complete ban on any political signage, more so, because they are a 'sign' of how much money a candidate can raise, and how much he or she can afford to put out signs. So, yes, Sean Holihan isn't the only one with signs still up, as you noted, but, out of many that are still up, he lost, so regardless his campaign is over and done with, and having his signs still being posted gives the appearance that either he, along with his partner, Danny Barefoot, and Shayna Englin, clearly have sour grapes about losing and don't care to clean up their mess. But Boyd Walker, and any other person who lost in the primary, should be out picking up their signs, too. Someone should call the Elections Office and find out the rule on whether candidates who are still viably running for seats in November can have their signs up now. I hope that they have to all be pulled and have a 60 day legal grace period before November 6.
Richard Trahon June 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Based on the city application form - http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/planning/info/forms/PoliticalSignApplication.pdf - no political signs should be up now in public spaces, even if a candidate won a nomination (90 days before/15 days after). I only can speak for what I've sean, though, and that was just Holihan signs.
NoBS June 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Jim, there was nothing threatening in the emails I received from Shayna. Just let it go. Their family has been through enough. As for signs, each candidate pays a $100 bond to the city. They must remove their signs within ten days after the election of forfeit the bond, but then only if there is a complaint about the remaining signs. The candidates don't even always know where their signs are because volunteers put them up. If you see a sign, contact that candidate and ask them to remove it.
Jim Miller June 25, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Gail, okay, well, if for nothing else, Shayna Englin has still proven that she is a very mean-spirited and nasty woman who has no shame. And to your comment that their family has been through enough? Well, true, there's no doubt that they have had a tremendous amount of personal and political embarrassment, but they both brought it on themselves, with Shayna being a vile and vicious political attack dog, and David being our local political version of 'Tiger Woods', as he got in a lot of rounds with women who wanted to give him 'four strokes' aside for playing their 'front and back nines'. The best thing they could both do is pack up, move, and start new private lives elsewhere. In regards to the signs that are up, you are correct, each candidate would have to be like 'Rain Man' to know where all of their signs are because volunteers quite often put them out for them, usually in the stealth of the night. I will say though, there are much more of Sean Holihan's signs that are still up, all over the place, than any other candidate. My guess is that he, or Shayna, or anyone from 'Team Englin' has failed to make a true attempt to go out and pick them all up. Alexandria isn't that big and it wouldn't be that hard for Sean, Danny, Shayna, and their now 'Team Englin' three-ringed circus of volunteers, to go out and make a concerted effort to pick up all of Sean's signs that still dot the landscape, reminding us of how lucky we all are that he is not on the slate for this November.
Hank Odum July 06, 2012 at 12:42 AM
The very sad thing is we have no one with the credentials and integrity of Marion van Landingham, whom Del. Englin replaced. Respectively, Hank Odum
Jim Miller July 06, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Hank, you're right. Marian Van Landingham was a hard woman to replace, and as much as David Englin tried, he could never truly succeed her in stature. Marian is truly an Alexandrian institution, a woman whose likes we'll probably not see in local politics for quite some time.


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