Local PAC 'Securing Alexandria's Future' Unveils Endorsements

Group selects six it deems "most qualified to serve the city" along with two honorable mentions.

Local political action committee Securing Alexandria’s Future has thrown its support behind six of the 14 Democratic candidates for City Council, also naming two “runners-up.”

The PAC, which is co-chaired by former Councilmen Lonnie Rich and David Speck, has selected John Chapman, Sean Holihan, Tim Lovain, Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg and Justin Wilson as “candidates most qualified to serve the city.”

The group said: “We also feel that two candidates, Donna Fossum and Melissa Feld, are worthy of consideration. …Although not endorsed by SAF, both Fossum and Feld… exhibited a commitment to community involvement.”

SAF leaders also include former Police Chief David Baker and current City Councilmen Kerry Donley and Rob Krupicka, both of whom are not seeking re-election. Baker said the PAC has about 40 members and he expects it to grow. SAF plans to release a list of participants in the next couple of weeks, he said.

The group made its endorsements based on answers to a questionnaire it developed for the candidates and carefully combed through the matrix of answers to decide who would garner its support, according to Baker.

"If you look at the candidates we endorse, they are not all in the same place on every issue... but good candidates equal good government," Baker said. "We endorsed individuals who have a broad understanding of issues and understand the importance of sustainability."

Baker said the PAC is still mulling over exactly how SAF will aid its endorsed candidates.

this election season—Democrats for a Better Alexandria and Alexandrians for a Livable City.

Baker said SAF is looking at a number of broad issues in choosing its endorsements and is not as narrowly focused as the other two new local PACs.

Gina Baum May 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
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Isaac Smith May 17, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Anyone but Del, as she has really wobbled during her past term. First she suggested that our financially struggling elderly get tax credits for going out and picking up litter on the streets (some way to spend retirement Kids!); and second she enacted the rule that limits citizen board and commissioners to ten-years of service. This, despite the fact that each board or commissioner's term is voted on by city council members (she is too timid to make the tough vote and not approve a person's re-appointment). Many board and commissions now suffer from a lack of institutional knowledge. I say "term limit" her, and let her spend her new-found retirement picking up trash on Duke Street, if it's so good for others!
lynnhampton May 17, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Katy Please provide the educational degrees and experience of the candidates you have endorsed? I think this would be of interest to the public and I assume you checked this before you endorsed. thanks
Leigh Talbot May 18, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Katy, I agree and fully support Alexandrians for a Livable City and the candidates they endorse. I don't think Ms. Hampton's inquiry about degrees is really relevant when we are talking about fair representation of all communities in Alexandria, of which not all residents will have whatever "degrees" she might deem worthy. We are all residents here in this great and diverse City that we hope our new leaders will maintain and improve.
Leigh Talbot May 18, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Exactly. Thank you, Jim.


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