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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. 

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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