Democrats Unofficially Secure City Hall

The latest in election results for mayor, City Council and School Board.

Democratic candidates for Alexandria mayor and City Council appear to have secured the coveted seven slots from voters who cast their ballots on Election Day.

As of midnight, 26 of the 27 precincts had reported their results, but absentee and overseas ballots still needed to be counted.

When those votes come in, the winners listed below are subject to change.

Mayor: Bill Euille

Vice Mayor (Council member who gets the most votes): Allison Silberberg

City Council (Six Members): Allison Silberberg, Del Pepper, John Taylor Chapman, Tim Lovain, Justin Wilson, Paul Smedberg.

Alexandria Democractic Committee Chair Dak Hardwick praised the slate of candidates for "doing the hard work" to earn the most votes on the ballots cast on Election Day. 

"The people who went to the polls [on Tuesday] voted for candidates committed to moving this city forward and have talked to more voters over a longer period of time than we can remember," Hardwick said. "We've been talking to voters since January."

Also on Tuesday's ballot were elections for Alexandria City School Board. When those votes come in, the winners listed below are subject to change.

School Board District A (three members): Stephanie Amann Kapsis and Karen Graf, but without the additional ballots counted either Bill Campbell or Helen Morris could secure the third spot.

School Board District B (three members): Kelly Carmichael Booz, Marc Williams, Justin Keating.

School Board District C (three members and only three candidates): Christopher Lewis, Pat Hennig, Ronnie Campbell

For a full list of votes by precinct, see the City of Alexandria, State Board of Elections page.

Kim Moore November 07, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Wow. As a Demorcrat, yet supporter of Frank Fannon, I am stunned and sad that he will not be returning to City Council. Since the Patch is reporting returns as being unofficial, Alexandria appears to have lost a practical, thoughtful contributor to our City's business. Frank, thank you for your work and dedication. Please continue to be active in Alexandria's political process and representation.
Sherry Henderson November 07, 2012 at 06:38 AM
I'm a Democrat and I am thoroughly shocked, too, that Frank Fannon didn't win, either. As a matter of fact, Frank Fannon clearly raised more money than any candidate running, yet Alicia Hughes beat him. That's even more of a shock. I feel sorry for Frank. He's such a nice guy, too. I hope that he stays involved with community involvement, even if not on city council, and hopefully runs for election in 2015!
lawgal November 07, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Yes, I agree with you both. It is important to have different viewpoints and a concern for fiscal responsibility on the Council - particularly in a difficult economy. The professional pundits may have some ideas about the incumbents, but as you know, the Democratic machine was busy dragging people to the polls to help their federal candidates and telling them to vote the Democratic city slate.
Lee Hernly November 07, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Basically, the Democrats in Alexandria got what they wanted when they voted to move the election to the fall.
Jensen November 07, 2012 at 12:56 PM
One party rule is never a good idea. With all the talk of fiscal responsibility, voters in Fairfax vote 3-1 to borrow $185 million dollars, and Alexandrians throw out one sane voice for restraint. Do people not understand the connection between spending and taxes? Property taxes affect everyone, whether they own property or not. This is a shame.
cwer November 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Dragging - really? You are surprised that Democrats encouraged their members to vote? And then encouraged them to vote Democrat?
cwer November 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
A far higher voter turnout is a bad thing?
Jim Roberts November 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
If most Alexandria voters are Democrats, then their party should allow future elections to be conducted by a ward vote. A ward vote format will at least allow neighbors to select neighbors to represent their interests on city council. Wonder of wonders, it would also allow voters to select a representative because their views and vigor were the most compelling; not because they were pre-selected by the Democrat Party in its primary
Rob Krupicka November 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I really appreciate the service of both Frank and Alicia. Both have been very dedicated to our City. This election has really increased voter participation. I'm very impressed about the amazing participation in City Council debates, the extensive door knocking by candidates and the extensive voter outreach. The press coverage was greater than any recent Council race. People had a lot of chances to hear from and learn about the candidates. In terms of where Frank and Alicia ended up in the vote, I have one simple observation. Alicia has consistently made efforts while on Council to reach out to traditional Democratic constituencies. Her work with residents of Arlandria and the West End of of the City are examples. I think that helped her. Frank has been a good colleague on the Council and I like him a lot. But despite all the money he raised, he didn't target much of his message to the Democratic base in the city. Big signs and t-shirts don't vote. It may have helped him if he had sent mail to strong Democrats making the case for a vote for Frank. I think D's in Alexandria are willing to vote for Moderate R's. But I think the case has to be made.
NoBS November 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Rob is correct - Frank did no visible outreach to Dem voters for fear of alienating Republicans, but at the same time, he alienated Republicans anyway when he refused to help the entire ticket and basically ran alone. That is why he lost. Frank was a good moderate Republican on council, but you can't play both sides against each other and expect to win.
Vicki Moeser November 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I totally agree with you Kim!
Neil Wolfe November 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hey guys what's wrong with a one party system? Works in China right?
lawgal November 07, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Good points, although Fairfax County did need to do something about Huntington or get those residents into a Federal buyout program. In addition, the unruly crowd waiting for absentee voting was also a sign of potential problems - perhaps a law enforcement issue.
Sherry Henderson November 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Frank Fannon lost because he gave up on the Alexandria Republican City Committee and the Alexandria Republican City Committee gave up on Frank. For Frank to win a seat, again, on the Alexandria City Council, he might have to switch parties, become a Democrat, and then he'll have more of a shot. If Frank doesn't change parties, he needs to work to project himself better to Democratic constituencies in Alexandria. Also, Frank's campaign team really let him down by working with him to out raise every other candidate running for a seat on the Alexandria City Council, and then not correctly targeting his message. Rob's right, you can't win elections with big signs, tee shirts, or kissing up to the small band of Republicans who live in Alexandria. They would have voted for Frank, anyways, so he should have worked to bridge the gap and become more involved with Democrats as he ran for reelection. My husband and I voted for Frank because, we, as a lot of our friends thought, that a moderate Republican would be good on the Alexandria City Council. When you raise more money than any other candidate, and come in eighth, and when Alicia Hughes even beats you, Frank needs to distance himself from his campaign team, and from his advisers, fire them all, and go back to hitting the streets of his hometown that he knows so well as a fifth-generation Alexandrian. Democrats won big yesterday, but Alexandria lost big by losing one of its native sons, Frank Fannon, too. Frank is a very good man.
Lee Hernly November 07, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Actually, looking at numbers, turnout was flat in Alexandria in the Presidential election compared to 2008. Not a 'far higher turnout'.
Jonathan Krall November 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I think the Dems had a solid message this year in terms of moving forward sensibly to work positively with the development that is going to happen anyway. I think they made the case that they want to make this work for as many people as possible. They got a lot of pushback from people who were/are afraid of development and automobile traffic, but stuck to their transit, economic and affordable-housing plans and ideas. They also worked well together. I look forward to seeing the new city council in action.
NoBS November 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Who exactly was Frank's campaign team?
cwer November 07, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Agreed but it was far higher than the last Council election. There was far more activity and debate around the issues. If one party's message did not get though as well as another's or was not so widely accepted that's political reality. No doubt there are many poorly informed voters but that is hardly the fault of the Democrats.
Lynn S. November 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
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Lynn S. November 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I think Frank is a good guy, but having a family business and long-time roots in a city does not qualify you to be a good leader. Frank voted against the council on most issues, even when it didn't make sense. If someone can tell me exactly what and how he contributed an independent voice for progress in Alexandria during his term (which is not defined but just saying 'no' to what others were trying to do), please enlighten me. He and Alicia both got what they deserved, and no, NOT just because the election was moved to November.
David L. November 08, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Enough of this one party rule talk. The Democrats who were elected are a diverse group, with positions that do differ from each other. Alison Silberberg is a prime example; Del Pepper is another. They are local people, making local decisions, and I think each of them sees it that way, too. It's hard to see in them the ideological positions often taken by our national politicians, especially on the right.
lawgal November 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
One party rule here is a fact, even if there is some diversity among the Democrats, including several who have significant business or banking experience. (Sorry to see Kerry Donly retire from politics, but his situation is understandable.) Your point about the national positions is a good one. Perhaps our local campaigns are really Wisconsin-style, with many voters highly interested in the qualifications and ideas of the individual. It's possible for any candidate to identify voters who could be persuaded to support his or her position, but as noted above, the candidate actually has to do it. We do not have to agree on everything. What we should try to agree on is a need for an absence of nasty verbiage, dirty tricks, violation of election laws, violation of the rights of other citizens, or personal attacks - whether it is due to ideological frenzy or a lack of understanding that some of the neighbors have to go to work acting and dressing like a grown up professional. Maintaining a civil society is important, even if there are other types of challenges ahead.
Nate McKenzie November 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
What does one party rule even mean in Alexandria politics. I see very little alignment between the national issues (that get oversimplified in the election) and the local issues that dominated the city council election. For the issues that affect Alexandria, D & R distinctions are not very relevant, which may be why you see so much party affiliation change in our candidates over time.
Julie L. November 09, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Couldn't agree more with David L on the rather over-simplified description of our Council. The Council is a diverse group with many different backgrounds and perspectives. Just because they all belong to the same party does not make them a group of party hacks. The issues that are before our Council are more local and basic than the issues and platforms of the national parties. If you've ever watched a council hearing you'll know that there is no group mentality where the "Democratic agenda" is being pushed forward before the members' actual concerns for this community. Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes did not act this way for their party either. Perhaps they lost because people were not impressed with their performance. Or perhaps they were unfairly associated with the national Republican party---many local people from both parties were disgusted with the Republican's positions on so many issues that are important to them.


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