Thursday, September 13, 2012
The 12 candidates for Alexandria City Council shared a stage for first time Wednesday night at Francis Hammond Middle School.
The 12 candidates for Alexandria City Council shared a stage for the first time Wednesday night at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, tackling questions in a forum organized by members of several citizens associations from the city’s West End. Sitting in the shadow of the new location for the Washington Headquarters Service called BRAC-133, discussion of how it was decided in 2008 that the massive office complex would be built away from transit just off Interstate 395 became the biggest point of contention in a forum that aimed to help voters decide who will represent the city in 2013. First-time candidate Bob Wood (R) drew the earliest and one of the larger applauses of the evening when he called BRAC-133 “the biggest planning failure” in…
Friday, August 31, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate takes walking tour of Arlandria, talks economy with Hispanic business leaders.
U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) spent much of Thursday in Alexandria meeting with Hispanic business owners as part of a Latino voter outreach ahead of the November election. In the morning, the former Virginia governor participated in a roundtable discussion with Latino business leaders at SBG Technology Solutions near Braddock Road Metro station. SBG is a defense contractor owned by Carlos Del Toro, a service-disabled veteran. Kaine then took a walking tour of Arlandria, making stops at Marcela’s Bakery, El Pulgarcito and Beatriz Hair Salon and Academy. He was escorted by Juan Nelson Zavaleta, president of the Arlandria-Chirilagua Business Association, and joined by State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille. “The…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Gant Redmon, Kathleen Burns and Ginny Hines Parry applaud those who seek to change the direction and makeup of Alexandria's current city government.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
To the Editor: Despite the claims of Mayor Euille and others, the Democratic primary result was hardly “a vindication” of the course set for Alexandria by their current and past incumbents on Council. The mayor is fooling himself and voters when he concludes, “the voters of this great city like the direction we’re moving in and we’ll continue moving forward.” Instead, a broad call for reform and new direction from within the Democratic Party itself was narrowly defeated. City hall insiders managed to impose their will on their own frustrated party, again. Fourteen candidates, four or more Political Action Committees, attack ads, record spending – all indicate a party in disarray over the direction, the priorities, and the policies of this …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Alexandrians choose four Democratic candidates with council experience and two first-time candidates to represent them on the November ballot.
Voters made their voice heard in the crowded campaign field for Democrats appearing on the November ballot for City Council. Tim Lovain claimed the most votes in the Democratic Primary for Alexandria City Council. "I love my neighborhood and now I really love my neighborhood," he said. He took 14.3 percent of the vote at George Mason School and 14.4 percent at Blessed Sacrament, both in his neighborhood. He will be joined by Justin Wilson, Del Pepper, Allison Silberberg, Paul Smedberg and John Chapman on the party’s slate in the November election. Lovain, who served on council from 2006 to 2009, claimed 9.07 percent of the vote in the unofficial results. Wilson, also a former councilman, took 8.74 percent. He was followed by Silberberg (8.…
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Mount Vernon Chapter of The Sierra Club explains its choices for Alexandria City Council.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Dear Editor: In her recent letter to the Patch editor, Kathleen Burns criticizes the Sierra Club’s endorsements for Alexandria City Council in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Ms. Burns’s objections center on the positions of the endorsed candidates – Donna Fossum, Sean Holihan, Tim Lovain, Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg and Justin Wilson – on development issues, particularly the Beauregard Small Area Plan, in which Ms. Burns has an active interest. The Sierra Club’s endorsements are based on the totality of candidates’ records on the environment. In addition, we evaluate candidates’ campaign viability, as required by Club guidelines. The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club reviewed the evaluations of local Club volunteers and approved the …
Friday, June 8, 2012
City's PTA Council asks candidates about issues facing Alexandria City Public Schools.
1:30 p.m. update — Del Pepper turned in her survey Friday afternoon. Her completed questionnaire is attached to this story. To read it, click on the PDF file on the right. — — — — The PTA Council of Alexandria distributed a candidate survey concerning school issues to all 14 candidates running in the Democratic primary for City Council. The survey asks candidates 11 questions, including their experiences with Alexandria City Public Schools, their thoughts on the relationship between council and the School Board, and on issues of school-capacity and pupil spending. As of Wednesday, all but incumbent Del Pepper returned the questionnaire to the PTA Council. The surveys are posted on the Cora Kelly Elementary School PTA website. The PTA …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Alexandria City Council candidates Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg, Donna Fossum, Sean Holihan, Tim Lovain and Justin Wilson all receive nods from the Mount Vernon Group of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.
The Mount Vernon Group of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club announced its endorsement of six candidates for Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Alexandria City Council. Incumbent Del Pepper picked up a nod from the group for her “strong environmental record working with the Sierra Club on local issues,” according to a press release sent out Wednesday. Incumbent Paul Smedberg also picked up an endorsement based on the answers to completed questionnaires and interviews with the executive committee of the Mount Vernon Group, as did candidates Donna Fossum, Sean Holihan, Tim Lovain and Justin Wilson. The questionnaire considered candidates’ views on the group’s environmental priorities for Alexandria, such as promoting walking, bicycling …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The 14 candidates debate for the last time before the June 12 primary.
Alexandria’s 14 Democratic candidates squared off once again shoulder-to-shoulder at the final Alexandria Democratic Committee debate before the June 12 primary. Candidates expressed concern with challenges faced by many jurisdictions in Northern Virginia—education, fiscal responsibility, transportation and traffic, density and development, infrastructure and affordable housing, among other topics. Sorenson Institute Executive Director Bob Gibson moderated the panel at George Washington Middle School before a packed house that spilled over into the auditorium’s balcony. Some of the questions were generated through a partnership with ACTion Alexandria, where participants could submit questions online in advance. Most candidates when asked …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Resident Lynn Hampton shows her support for local PAC Securing Alexandria's Future and encourages Alexandrians to vote June 12.
Monday, June 4, 2012
To the editor, With the Alexandria Democratic Primary on the immediate horizon, it is important that we all think about our great City. Alexandria is well run. We have great city services. Our infrastructure is maintained. Our garbage pickup is amazing. Our schools do well and in a tough demographic population. Congrats T.C. Williams on your latest accomplishments. We have a low crime rate, we have excellent fire and EMS services. Public health is provided to all that need services. Yes, these are what it takes to have a great City. With this requirement, I encourage every Democrat to think about what is good in Alexandria as you vote Tuesday, June 12, and to vote for six candidates who see the broad needs of government. Securing …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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 …