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ACTion Alexandria Wants Your Questions for Council Candidates

Post your questions for Alexandria's many city council candidates on ACTion Alexandria's blog.

ACTion Alexandria wants to know what you would ask the city’s many candidates for city council. 

The web-based service designed to help bring together members of the community with local nonprofit groups to solve problems in the city reached out to citizens in a blog post on Monday.

Folks can post their own questions in the site’s public forum and vote for the questions they would like to see candidates answer.

“We'll make sure the candidates see them and work with the candidates and political parties to get some responses,” ACTion Alexandria’s Tracy Viselli wrote in the blog post. “Let’s create a public forum where everyone can see what Alexandria residents think are the important issues.”

Viselli left the following rules:

  • Ask questions only! Our focus is on the city council elections and candidates only.
  • Keep it civil. Civility is golden here. We'll remove questions and comments that are not civil. You will also be removed for posting them.
  • Real people use real names.
  • If you work for a candidate, please disclose that. It'll end up being embarrassing if you don't.
  • Pontificating, accusations and insults will not be tolerated.

You can leave your questions on ACTion Alexandria's forum.

There are 14 Democrats running for city council. Six nominees for the general election will be selected in a primary on June 12.

The Alexandria Republican City Committee will hold a party canvass on June 2 at Minnie Howard to select its candidates. Incumbent Republican Frank Fannon is seeking re-election. Incumbent Alicia Hughes, who was elected as an independent in 2009, is running for re-election but hasn’t stated if it will be as a Republican or as an independent. Phil Cefaratti is collecting signatures to run as a Republican.

Republicans must file for candidacy with the Alexandria Republican City Committee by May 3. Independents have until June 12 to declare their candidacy with the city.

Fourteen of the candidates  April 18 hosted by the Taylor Run Civic Association.

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Tracy Viselli April 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Just once correction, the questions for candidates should be posted in our forum, not on the blog post. Here is the forum link: http://www.actionalexandria.org/challenge/ask-city-council-candidates
Drew Hansen (Editor) April 24, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Tracy — If you click on the link in the story, it takes you to the proper place to leave questions. I guess I just mistakenly called it a blog post. I'll change it to "forum" so there's no confusion.
Sheila Pollak May 03, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Action Alex. is insisting I sign in. I tried, using their Facebook option, and nothing is happening. I then tried to create register, but keep getting junk ads. This stinks. All I want is to post my question: a candidate's position on the waterfront development is of paramount importance to me, moreso than political party.
Tracy Viselli September 25, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Sheila, I am sorry I didnt see your comment. It's not too late--we're still taking questions for our candidate forum for October 15. I would be happy to personally walk you through the registration process. Contact me at tracy.viselli@actionalexandria.org

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