Alexandria Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Alexandria.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Old Town Alexandria Patch, Del Ray Patch and West End Alexandria Patch are devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
For complete information on voting on election day, including information on the new Virginia voter ID laws, see the election section on the city's website.
Not sure of your polling place? Fill out your voter information on the Virginia Election and Registration Information System website.
Alexandria Mayor, City Council and School Board
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, a Democrat, is seeking a fourth term in the office. Andrew Macdonald, an independent, is his challenger. Macdonald was elected to City Council in 2003 and 2006 as a Democrat.
In the Alexandria City Council race, the Democrats are running a full slate of six candidates—incumbents Del Pepper and Paul Smedberg, former councilmembers Tim Lovain and Justin Wilson, and first-time candidates John Chapman and Allison Silberberg. Lovain was the leading vote-getter among 14 candidates in the June 12 Democratic primary.
Seventeen candidates entered the race for Alexandria School Board in three districts by the June 12 deadline. The field includes just one incumbent in each district. Three candidates withdrew from the school board field, leaving 14 as the election season heated up this fall.
All but one of the District A candidates participated in a debate on Oct. 8 at Mount Vernon Community School. District B candidates participated in debates on Oct. 8 and Oct. 17.
Virginia Constitutional Amendments
There are two Virginia constitutional amendments on the ballot. Patch examined both proposed amendments in an Oct. 23 story.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed the proposed eminent domain amendment at the Old Dominion Boat Club in Old Town on Oct. 25.
8th Congressional District
Four candidates are running for the U.S. representative position in Virginia’s 8th district. Three challengers are trying to unseat longtime Rep. Jim Moran. Click on each candidate below for more on each:
- Jim Moran (incumbent, Democrat)
- Patrick Murray (Republican)
- Jason Howell (Independent)
- Janet Murphy (Independent Green Party)
Defense cuts and political gridlock in Washington were the focal points of the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates (and former Virginia governors) George Allen and Tim Kaine. The debate was in September in McLean. Here’s more on each candidate:
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have been criss-crossing the Commonwealth for months trying to woo swing state voters. President Obama is looking for a repeat victory in the Old Dominion. Gov. Romney handily won the Virginia primary against Rep. Ron Paul. Independent candidate Virgil Goode will also be on the Virginia ballot, along with Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green candidate Jill Stein.
Recent appearances in Virginia by President Obama and Gov. Romney include:
- Gov. Romney in Springfield in September
- President Obama in Woodbridge in September
- Gov. Romney in Fairfax City in September
- President Obama in Leesburg in August
- Gov. Romney in Manassas in August
See these articles on the other candidates:
- Virgil Goode Campaigns for President Against the Odds
- Gary Johnson 2012: The Libertarian Revolution will not be Televised
- Green Party's Jill Stein: The Occupy Candidate
In Alexandria in 2008, then-candidate Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in the presidential election with 71.73 percent of the vote. McCain got 27.25 percent of votes, with third-party candidates getting the other 1.02 percent of votes.