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Krupicka Defeats Gautney in Democratic Caucus

Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka claims 63 percent of the vote.

Rob Krupicka is the Democratic nominee for the 45th District House of Delegates seat. 

The Alexandria City Councilman defeated Karen Gautney 1,540 to 891 after caucus voting ended Saturday at .

“I couldn’t be here without the amazing group of friends I made when I entered public life in this city,” Krupicka said shortly after the results were announced. “It was great seeing all those friends come out despite the governor’s best effort to throw one past us.”

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the date of a Sept. 4 special election less than two weeks ago, causing both parties to scramble to nominate a candidate. Krupicka will face .

The seat opened when . Englin had previously said he after admitting to an extramarital affair.

Two provisional ballots were not entered into the total vote count on Saturday. After at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, printed another 800 for Saturday’s voting. Those ballots went quickly, so another 1,000 were printed during the day on Saturday. 

“Just unbelievable turnout,” Alexandria Democratic Committee Chair Dak Hardwick said. “The voters of the 45th responded magnificently to a shotgun election. The candidates are to be congratulated for their outreach to voters. We look forward to sending Rob Krupicka to the General Assembly.”

Gautney, who was endorsed by Englin when he announced his resignation from the seat, said she’s completely behind Krupicka.

“We have to let the governor know this dirty trick will not work,” Gautney said. “We have to make sure in September we rock this town.”

If Krupicka defeats McGhee in September, he will have to resign from City Council before taking the oath of office for his new office. The Circuit Court would then appoint someone to finish out Krupicka's term, which expires at the end of the year. 

Edgar Warfield August 08, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Ms. Gordon, this ol' Democrat was also towards the back at the ADC meeting -- but I saw and heard Del make her comment wishing Rob had beaten Karen by a bigger margin (she said she was counting on him to get 70%). As I saw it, it was just a joke between two people who have obviously worked together and known each other a long time -- a little teasing, that's all. She said it with a big smile. No need to read too much into it. Also, a comment re: your efforts and those of West End Dem: in my view, those who become "insiders" at the ADC are the ones who realy put the hours in -- at the subcommittee meetings, organizing outreach, lugging tables, chairs, and tubs of literature from festival to market, etc., etc... The Committee rewards people who work with promotion. That's really true in every civic group -- there's a core of people who really throw their time into it, and appear to be "insiders," and then there's everyone else who finds their place. If West End Dem really cared, he/she would put some time in and then he/she could be an "insider" too -- and actually move the party forward instead of griping from the back benches. Regards, & c., E. Warfield
Edgar Warfield August 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Hear, hear. And welcome to the ADC. E. Warfield
Edgar Warfield August 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Yes, absolutely, instead we should re-elect people who will quit the job halfway through and leave the work to others who will complete their terms.
Sherry Henderson August 08, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I have been a Democrat since my youth and I am quite surprised at how the Alexandria Democratic Committee take people for granted, like every Democrat in Alexandria is going to follow them like lemmings. Not so with me and many other of my fellow Democrats who have absolutely given up with the little clique that runs the ADC. I will say that I too question the judgment, or lack there of, regarding how Rob Krupicka, Tim Lovain, Justin Wilson, Paul Smedberg, Del Pepper and Bill Euille were completely ignorant regarding BRAC-133, and none of them have apologized for making egregious miscalculations on dealing with the DoD at the time. Are we, as voters in Alexandria, supposed to believe that they are completely clean and had no knowledge whatsoever of the BRAC-133 disaster? Who's dumb enough to believe that? I'm sure there are a flock of lemmings who will all believe that not one of those good folks had anything to do with having BRAC-133 built on Seminary Road, but, wake up people, they all had a hand in creating the mess, and they all should own up to it. Of course, shamefully, none of them will own up to making grave errors in judgment for fear of casting doubts in voters mind before their elections. Rob Krupicka, he's a shoo-in over the Republican guy that no one knows, but he won't admit fault with BRAC-133, as well as Tim Lovain, Justin Wilson, Paul Smedberg, Del Pepper and Bill Euille all need to come clean, too. As a Democrat, I'm very embarrassed, and it is a shame.
Dak Hardwick August 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
There are many different topics on this particular thread (schools, BRAC, 45th special election, etc.) and I hope those reading and posting are getting some added value to these issues as a result of this online discussion. As the current Chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee, I wanted to briefly respond to some of the comments made by previous posters concerning the ADC. I certainly appreciate the feedback that I’m reading on this thread. My only request is to ask those who are posting and providing that feedback to sit with me, one-on-one, and talk about your concerns in a way that can be used to positively influence the organization. Every organization has its strengths and challenges and we are constantly looking for ways to improve. On previous occasions in this forum, I have offered the opportunity for comment posters, including some in this thread, to contact me directly about any issues, concerns or challenges they have with the ADC. That offer still stands and my contact information (phone and email) is available on the ADC website at www.alexdems.org. In fact, if there are any Democrats in Alexandria that are reading this but not posting, please know that I personally welcome the opportunity to sit down with you and see how we can continue to improve our organization. My door is always open and feedback is always welcome, but constructive, specific feedback is much more desirable.

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