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Voters Stay the Course, Choose Familiar Faces

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 (8.70 percent), Pepper (8.53 percent), Smedberg (8.34 percent) and Chapman (7.82 percent).

Mayor Bill Euille spoke to the Democratic Unity Party at Cafe Pizzaiolo in Cameron Station, saying: "We have to bring everyone together to show our unity. ... This ticket represents the best that we can put together."

Pepper agreed, saying: "This is a team we can all support."

Chapman called Euille his "buddy and mentor," adding that the campaign trail made a wonderful experience "getting to know so many more Alexandrians and getting to know my hometown better."

Chapman had a rocky end in the last days leading up to the primary when his treasurer, who exited his campaign team on Saturday, orchestrated an attack mailing on a fellow Democratic Council candidate.

He told Patch on Tuesday night: "For me, it was never about attacking people, never about talking about people's failures, it was about the issues that matter to Alexandrians, things like improving our education system, maintaining affordable housing and making sure we have a high standard of living."

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story inaccurately quoted John Chapman. 

sayingitloud June 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Mike Urena is a hypocrite. He appears solely to name-call and harass McBrinn. Click on his profile and read his post for proof. To me it looks like he's a little yappy dog humping a leg. I'm no fan of McBrinn but at least he isn't stalking other posters. Moderators, I call on you to take notice.
Mike Urena June 15, 2012 at 02:38 AM
You're right Mighty McBrinn, I mean sayingitloud, I need to leave you/him alone.
McBrinn June 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Ha! I'm not "sayingitloud" but thanks for proving his/her point. Hilarious. Drew, feel free to confirm that "sayingitloud" and I do not share the same ISP, browser use or any other markers. Well done Uranus! I hope you're not this obsessive and stalky in real life. Remember when I told you that not leaving a blazing trail on the Internet was more about intelligence than it was about courage? This is a perfect example as to why.
djrobb June 16, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Any evidence to demonstrate BRAC has actually been a disaster? My office is on Seminary and 395 and the forecasted traffic nightmare has just been hyperbole. Not some sort of crisis.
Haunches June 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
There is a police presence at Seminary and 395 every rush hour to direct traffic, so while traffic has significantly increased it is being managed for the moment. There is also elevated police presence at Seminary and Quaker because the lines are so long to make a right, drivers have to wait a few light changes to get through. Some drivers have taken to cutting the line using the left lane and then trying to turn right from the left lane. It's being managed for the moment because the building is not at capacity and there remains a cap on the number of parking spots at the building. The building still is woefully out of place at that spot, looming over the West End. You should read the Department of Defense IG Reports to get a good sense of why and how that building got through the federal government and local government's assistance to get it through, end-running the significant concerns of the state and at least some federal officials.

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