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Donley Will Not Seek Re-election to Alexandria City Council

Vice mayor cites need to focus on his health.

7:10 p.m. update — Donley confirmed to Patch that he will not seek re-election in 2012.

“I have some health issues I need to deal with,” he said. “I am on medication for high blood pressure. … The timing isn’t great, but it is what it is.”

Donely said he needs to “take stress out” of his life and that his day job at Virginia Commerce Bank combined with his role as vice mayor and a City Council campaign was too much to take on.

“I’ve had a good 18 years on Council,” he said. “Time has come to put me and my health first.”

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Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry Donley will not seek re-election to City Council in 2012.

Donley announced his decision in a Tuesday afternoon report on AlexandriaNews.org, citing a need to focus on his health and family.

News of the decision quickly spread on Twitter while Donley was participating in a joint work session between council and the planning commission concerning the city’s waterfront plan.

Alexandria Democratic Committee Chairman Dak Hardwick tweeted: “Warmest regards to my friend, Vice Mayor Kerry Donley, who is not seeking re-election. A true public servant who will be hard to replace.”

Other ADC members expressed surprise at Donley’s decision not to seek re-election.

Donley was the top vote-getter in 2009, earning the title of vice mayor. He was first elected to council in 1988 and became mayor in 1996 when Patsy Ticer was elected state senator in the 30th district.

Donley decided not to seek re-election as mayor in 2003, but jumped back into the fold in 2009.

margo heegeman January 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM
What a shame - for years, the most thoughtful guy around.
Dennis Auld January 11, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Alexandria's loss, truly a great public official. One of the only times I have heard "spend more time with my family" and truly believe it. Stay in touch, the City needs you.
NoBS January 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
This is a big loss for Alexandria. Kerry brought real depth to the council. However, we must move forward. Perhaps it's time for some others who have been on council to step aside for the newcomers who will lead our city in the future. Sean Holihan is getting my vote for city council in 2012. As much as Kerry will be missed, he's leaving on his own terms and I wish him well.

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