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Democrats Unofficially Secure City Hall

The latest in election results for mayor, City Council and School Board.

Democratic candidates for Alexandria mayor and City Council appear to have secured the coveted seven slots from voters who cast their ballots on Election Day.

As of midnight, 26 of the 27 precincts had reported their results, but absentee and overseas ballots still needed to be counted.

When those votes come in, the winners listed below are subject to change.

Mayor: Bill Euille

Vice Mayor (Council member who gets the most votes): Allison Silberberg

City Council (Six Members): Allison Silberberg, Del Pepper, John Taylor Chapman, Tim Lovain, Justin Wilson, Paul Smedberg.

Alexandria Democractic Committee Chair Dak Hardwick praised the slate of candidates for "doing the hard work" to earn the most votes on the ballots cast on Election Day. 

"The people who went to the polls [on Tuesday] voted for candidates committed to moving this city forward and have talked to more voters over a longer period of time than we can remember," Hardwick said. "We've been talking to voters since January."

Also on Tuesday's ballot were elections for Alexandria City School Board. When those votes come in, the winners listed below are subject to change.

School Board District A (three members): Stephanie Amann Kapsis and Karen Graf, but without the additional ballots counted either Bill Campbell or Helen Morris could secure the third spot.

School Board District B (three members): Kelly Carmichael Booz, Marc Williams, Justin Keating.

School Board District C (three members and only three candidates): Christopher Lewis, Pat Hennig, Ronnie Campbell

For a full list of votes by precinct, see the City of Alexandria, State Board of Elections page.

Lynn S. November 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I think Frank is a good guy, but having a family business and long-time roots in a city does not qualify you to be a good leader. Frank voted against the council on most issues, even when it didn't make sense. If someone can tell me exactly what and how he contributed an independent voice for progress in Alexandria during his term (which is not defined but just saying 'no' to what others were trying to do), please enlighten me. He and Alicia both got what they deserved, and no, NOT just because the election was moved to November.
David L. November 08, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Enough of this one party rule talk. The Democrats who were elected are a diverse group, with positions that do differ from each other. Alison Silberberg is a prime example; Del Pepper is another. They are local people, making local decisions, and I think each of them sees it that way, too. It's hard to see in them the ideological positions often taken by our national politicians, especially on the right.
lawgal November 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
One party rule here is a fact, even if there is some diversity among the Democrats, including several who have significant business or banking experience. (Sorry to see Kerry Donly retire from politics, but his situation is understandable.) Your point about the national positions is a good one. Perhaps our local campaigns are really Wisconsin-style, with many voters highly interested in the qualifications and ideas of the individual. It's possible for any candidate to identify voters who could be persuaded to support his or her position, but as noted above, the candidate actually has to do it. We do not have to agree on everything. What we should try to agree on is a need for an absence of nasty verbiage, dirty tricks, violation of election laws, violation of the rights of other citizens, or personal attacks - whether it is due to ideological frenzy or a lack of understanding that some of the neighbors have to go to work acting and dressing like a grown up professional. Maintaining a civil society is important, even if there are other types of challenges ahead.
Nate McKenzie November 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
What does one party rule even mean in Alexandria politics. I see very little alignment between the national issues (that get oversimplified in the election) and the local issues that dominated the city council election. For the issues that affect Alexandria, D & R distinctions are not very relevant, which may be why you see so much party affiliation change in our candidates over time.
Julie L. November 09, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Couldn't agree more with David L on the rather over-simplified description of our Council. The Council is a diverse group with many different backgrounds and perspectives. Just because they all belong to the same party does not make them a group of party hacks. The issues that are before our Council are more local and basic than the issues and platforms of the national parties. If you've ever watched a council hearing you'll know that there is no group mentality where the "Democratic agenda" is being pushed forward before the members' actual concerns for this community. Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes did not act this way for their party either. Perhaps they lost because people were not impressed with their performance. Or perhaps they were unfairly associated with the national Republican party---many local people from both parties were disgusted with the Republican's positions on so many issues that are important to them.

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