David Englin to Retire from Virginia House of Delegates

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    NLS has the scoop, which I’ve confirmed with my own sources.

    At the Alexandria City Democratic Committee meeting.  Delegate David Englin planning to announce his retirement from the House of Delegates tonight, citing the damage done to his family when he was recently involved in an extramarital affair.

    It’s sad, as Englin was a strong progressive champion, very effective on the General Assembly floor from what I hear. Also, Englin was widely seen as having a promising political future, probably a run for Congress when Jim Moran retires. Obviously, that’s now called into doubt, to put it mildly. Anyway, I wish David the best of luck in getting his life back together. Even if all this was the result of his own mistakes, which people have been telling me all about the past few weeks, I still wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

    P.S. I wonder who will run for David’s seat. One name that springs to mind is Rob Krupicka, no idea if he’s interested though.

    P.P.S. I just heard a rumor from a reliable source that Shayna Englin might be running for this seat. Wow.

    P.P.P.S. I just heard from another reliable source that Shayna is NOT running for this seat. OK, I’m done – you figure this one out! LOL

    UPDATE: Englin’s statement is now online. I’ve also posted it on the “flip.” Why retire – serving out his term through 2013 – and not resign, if he needs to get his life together now? I don’t get it.

    Today I’m announcing that this will be my last term in elected office, so I will not seek reelection to the House of Delegates. Serving the people of the 45th District has been one of the great honors of my life, and I hope they are proud of the work we have done together. But political life has affected me in ways I never expected. In my public role, I have worked hard to serve my constituents and to be an effective, progressive voice in Richmond. But in my personal life, I let down my family and was unfaithful in my marriage, so Shayna and I recently separated.

    Shayna has always been the true source of my strength and happiness, and we have been a team in my political work. I will leave political life to put Shayna and Caleb first and to focus on rebuilding what is and always was most important to me: my marriage and my family. I am deeply sorry for hurting the people I love the most and for letting down so many others who put their faith in me. This will be my only public statement about our marriage, and Shayna and I both ask everyone to respect our family’s privacy as we work through this immensely difficult, painful, and personal time.

    With this announcement, attention will no doubt turn to choosing my successor. Our community is blessed with a wealth of smart, dedicated, and energetic Democrats. When I first ran for this seat in 2005, I was 30 years old, fresh out of the Air Force, and Shayna, Caleb, and I had barely lived in Alexandria for a year and a half. The race was supposed to be unwinnable for me, but we won. No matter how improbable others may think your candidacy, if you believe you have something to offer the people of the 45th District, I hope you will consider stepping forward to serve.

    Despite our current personal challenges, it continues to be a tremendous honor for Shayna and me to serve our community and to stand up for our progressive values. Please know that, as long as I am still your Delegate, I will continue fighting for you, and if you ever need service or assistance, my staff and I are here to help. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

    • Ingrid
    • FreeDem

      Except for the fact that I guessed this was coming, I’m sad and didn’t really see this coming. Once word of these events got out, I only assumed it was a matter of time before he announced something. But you’re always shocked when you’re reminded of the frailty and humanity of someone else, even progressive champions.  

      >Why retire – serving out his term through 2013 – and not resign, if he needs to get his life together now? I don’t get it.

      Agreed. I suspect we’ll understand, or have some guesses as to why, when we see the fight over replacing him.

    • notlarrysabato

      He just didn’t resign.  Maybe he doesn’t have a job with health care yet and wants to stay in until he does?  It’s not like Delegates in VA are real busy from March to December.

      I’d be real surprised if David was down in Richmond for next years session.  

      My best guess is he will resign around July for a November special election.  That of course, would mean a caucus to replace him- not a primary.  We can only have a primary if he serves out his term entirely.

    • See here for the steamy details. 🙂

    • STATEMENT ON RETIREMENT OF DELEGATE DAVID ENGLIN

      Democratic House Caucus Chairman, Mark Sickles (D-Franconia), offered the following statement on the retirement of Delegate David Englin.

      “On behalf of the House Democratic Caucus, I want to thank Delegate Englin for his years of dedicated service in the General Assembly.  He has been a tireless advocate for his constituents and for the equality of each and every Virginian.  During his tenure in office, he has worked to end discrimination in all forms, and against all people without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. He has been a key player in ongoing efforts to increase transparency in all state government processes, carried the bill to make Virginia restaurants smoke free, offered a key amendment in the recent session to improve the misguided mandatory ultrasound mandate that was ultimately accepted by the other side, and is the author of a needed constitutional amendment on this year’s ballot to allow the General Assembly to move its “reconvened session” if it conflicts with a religious holiday, among many other accomplishments.”

      “The Minority Leader, David Toscano, and I wish David the best as he makes the eventual transition back to private life. As a neighbor in an adjoining district, I have enjoyed working with David in the General Assembly, and know that his service to his community is not over. On behalf of the Caucus, we wish him the very best in all his future undertakings,” said Delegate Sickles.

    • grenadier

      Ouch. Of all the progressive legislators in the wheelhouse, Dave was a good as it gets. Working in Richmond to try to get anything constructive done was no picnic, and Dave was a damned hard worker. People have short memories, and I’d like to think Dave will be back, but the right-wing knuckle-draggers would make short work of him. This is just a damned shame.