Sunday, June 10, 2012
Alexandria City Council candidate Sean Holihan says he was unaware of Danny Barefoot's donation to Alexandria Democrats for Responsible Government until after he made it.
The partner of Alexandria City Council candidate Sean Holihan donated $3,000 to Alexandria Democrats for Responsible Government, the political action committee responsible for an attack ad against candidate Boyd Walker. Holihan and Walker are two of 14 Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s primary, where voters will select six nominees for the Nov. 6 General Election. Danny Barefoot told Patch he made the donation to Alexandria Democrats for Responsible Government because “as a private citizen” he agreed with the PAC’s platform, including its support of the city’s waterfront plan and for smart growth development practices in Alexandria. “Sean was not aware of my donation,” Barefoot said. Barefoot said he does not know of anyone involved in …
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 …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
All fourteen Democratic candidates participate in the first of two forums put on by the Alexandria Democratic Committee.
The Alexandria Democratic Committee held the first of two City Council candidate debates Wednesday night at Francis Hammond Middle School. Bob Gibson, executive director of the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia, served as moderator. The rapid-fire debate format gave all 14 candidates a chance to address a variety of topics and even ask questions to each other. The candidates are squarring off for six nominations that will be determined June 12 in a citywide primary. Here is some of what each candidate had to say on Wednesday night: John Chapman A lifelong Alexandrian and currently a school administrator in Fairfax County, Chapman said improving the city’s education system and making positive changes in affordable housing are…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Democrat Melissa Feld said she is committed to listening to citizens at her campaign kickoff at Hooray For Books.
Alexandria City Council candidate Melissa Feld (D) said she is committed to listening to the voices of citizens during her campaign kickoff Saturday at Hooray For Books in Old Town. The newcomer to city politics highlighted her career working on Capitol Hill and her experiences as a mom in Alexandria. The Canada native and mother of two Alexandria City Public Schools students said she has been listening to parents all over the city, “at the dog park and on the sidelines at soccer games.” “My career is based on listening and acting,” said Feld, who has worked for U.S. Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) and former Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt. “I have managed office budgets and had to adhere to the laws of the federal …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Melissa Feld, mother of two Maury Elementary School students, is the 12th Democrat to announce their candidacy.
Melissa Feld became the 12th Democrat to jump into the Alexandria City Council race on Monday night. Feld, who lives on Russell Road, announced her decision at a meeting of the Alexandria Democratic Committee at Minnie Howard School. “I just think it’s time for new blood,” Feld told Patch. A former staffer for U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Feld is currently a principal with Power Based Associates, an organization that specializes in performing research and corporate intelligence for various organizations and companies. A mother of two Alexandria City Public Schools students, Feld has never run for political office. She said she was approached to run for the Alexandria School Board but thought more could be done …