Democratic Council Candidates Challenge Field to Four Debates
Two of the forums will include one-on-one mayoral debate with incumbent Democrat Bill Euille and independent challenger Andrew Macdonald.
1:15 p.m. update — Alexandria Republican City Committee Chairman Tom Fulton told Patch Tuesday morning he’d like to see more debates than the four announced by the Alexandria Democratic Committee.
“I don’t think we’re letting voters and citizens say what they need from the candidates,” Fulton said. “To limit to no more than four, it undermines the right of citizens to hear from the candidates. I’m not quite sure why four is sufficient. We need to hear from Alexandria’s citizens first.”
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The six Democratic nominees for Alexandria City Council have challenged the other candidates to a series of four debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election.
The debates are scheduled for Sept. 12, Oct. 2, Oct. 15 and Oct. 24.
The Sept. 12 forum will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of Francis C. Hammond Middle School at 4646 Seminary Rd. It was previously scheduled by a group of citizens associations from the West End.
Alexandria Democratic Committee Chair Dak Hardwick encouraged other community organizations to come together to co-host debates on Oct. 2 and Oct. 15
Two of the forums will include a one-on-one mayoral debate featuring incumbent Democrat Bill Euille and independent challenger Andrew Macdonald. Euille will appear in the debate on Oct. 24 with another one-on-one debate pending.
"Alexandria's Democratic candidates are eager to talk about the critical issues facing our city,” Harwick said in a statement. “The Democratic candidates that make up our ticket are highly qualified, committed professionals and look forward to discussing how they will ensure Alexandria continues to be a leading jurisdiction in the region."
For the full list of who is on the ballot for the Nov. 6 General Election, including federal, state and local, see the Alexandria Patch Election Guide.