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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. 

Dennis Auld June 13, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The true winner in all of this is the citizens of Alexandria.
Joseph Peterson June 13, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Wow. Not a single person I voted for won. Go figure.
NoBS June 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I oughta write a book...
jennifer June 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
How did that woman win again?!!!
E Pluribus June 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
The Melissa! Feld ad at the top of this page is kind of sad.
West End Dem June 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
It's a good slate, with mostly experienced people with integrity. The only real surprise is that Holihan did not win. His campaign was confident if not cocky until the end. He lost my vote with the negative attack ad. I don't know if that is why he lost, or if he never had enough support. Good on Alexandria that his character was revealed before the election.
Nat June 13, 2012 at 04:36 PM
It's a sad time for the folks living in Alexandria City - same ole, same ole....darn.
JT Thomas June 13, 2012 at 04:44 PM
West End, Holihan already explained that he wasn't behind the ad. His boyfriend, Danny Barefoot did it by setting up a PAC and funding it with $3,000. (Sending out the attack was the only thing the PAC did before it was closed.) Holihan didn't know a thing about it. Don't you believe him?http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/alexandria-candidates-partner-donates-funds-to-pac-that-ran-attack-ad-on-foe/2012/06/10/gJQAvmo9SV_story.html
Alexandria voter June 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
As for Holihan's explanation, if he can't effectively manage his own house, probably better he isn't going to be managing the city.
McBrinn June 13, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Denying any knowledge of the attack just made him a liar as well as a scumbag.
NoBS June 13, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I too was surprised that Pepper got through again, and I was surprised that Silberberg did as well as well as she did. I thought she might take the #6 spot, but she did much better than that. I'm also surprised that Lovain did better than Wilson. Smedberg ended up right where I thought he would. The overall slate doesn't surprise me, but the order of finish does.
Jason June 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I think Holihan was always an illusion. His money wasn't a proxy for local support because so much of it came from out of city and out of state. He worked the West End hard, which might have paid off it those folks had actually come out to vote in greater numbers, but they did not. And, his messages were off -- he was campaigning against Richmond and oddly asserted that being gay qualified him for office (since when does sexual orientation even factor into who you vote for?). I also think he spent way too much time following the Englin template.
Jason June 13, 2012 at 07:01 PM
No, I don't believe him. What kind of household doesn't discuss a $3,000 expenditure, even if they keep separate accounts? Also, Danny had better hope he didn't just serve as a passthrough for that money because if he did, there will be legal and tax consequences.
Justaskin June 13, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Forward toward a better Alexandria? Holihan (and Barefoot): done. The Englins: done. Alicia Hughes: done in November in she stays that long.
OT insider June 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Disagree Nat. As an Old Town resident since '87 I can say that we are definitely moving in the right direction. This election has clearly supported that. Change is hard. It's human nature to fight it. But it will be OK...
OT insider June 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM
This can't be a good omen for Mr. Macdonald. Wonder if he will remain in the race?
OT insider June 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Come on, how does stating factual issues about your opponent make you a "scumbag"? Never met the dude but I saw him speak several times and I think that Sean could have made positive contributions to Council. I'm sure he'll get another chance.
Mike Urena June 14, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I'm confused Patch. Exactly what is that you choose to sensor on this site? I'll test your limits by noting that McBrinn is clearly a punk and am fine if you want to allow folks to use this kind of language but that should go both ways. Using this language is bad enough but when folks are unaccountable, as anonymous posters are, you risk the credibility of your site. Either take the gloves off entirely or let the Mighty McBrinns now they can be provocateurs without being foul.
Melissa Feld June 14, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Why kinda sad? Because I lost? I am incredibly proud of the campaign I ran. If the Patch wants to keep the photo up I am actually happy about that. I hope people click on it and read more about me and then go to the 'be generous' tab and then contribute to help bring my debt down. Thanks E Pluribus!
Jim Miller June 14, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Thank God that Sean Holihan, Danny Barefoot, David and Shayna Englin, and lastly, Alicia Hughes, are all so radioactive that you'd have to be absolutely nuts to be in political cahoots with any of them, but, alas, this is the provincial City of Alexandria, where our very own Alexandria Democratic Committee deems that none of its members ever does wrong, and that everything is fine in its little political fiefdom that it reigns on high. As a Democrat, especially with a keen eye as to what we've got looking forward to, all I have to do is say, "WOW"! Yes, I voted for Allison Silberberg, not because of her stance on being against the Waterfront Plan, but because she seems to be very level-headed and can be both passionate and thoughtful about a wide range of issues that will be dealt with in the next three years by the Alexandria City Council. Tim Lovain and Justin Wilson though? Has beens who lost in 2009, and got recycled because the lemmings in town thought they got screwed. Pepper and Smedberg? Okay, let's take Paul out of this. He's a good guy, but Del? Come on. She got elected in the first year of Reagan's second term! John Chapman seems like a decent man, and an Alexandrian, so at least he can offer fresh ideas. But Lovain, Wilson, Pepper and Smedberg, they are four, including Mayor Bill Euille, that brought us the BRAC-133 disaster! The BRAC Stooges! As Democrats we can and should have done better than this! The BRAC group is back! Yikes! They're going to screw us again!
West End Dem June 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM
They have until the filing deadline to correct anything in the record that may give the mistaken impression that it was a pass through. Whatever the initial plan was, Danny is out $3,000, and all they got for it is a blown election and a bad reputation for Holihan. Too bad they can't spend that money for a long vacation.
JT Thomas June 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Or spend it on moving expenses. Holihan lived in the Hampton Roads area until he moved to Alexandria to run for city council. It would make more sense for him to go there and run for office. No Boyd Walker under his skin, no Alexandrians for Responsible Government PAC, no ADC members whispering about how he got what he deserved, no snobs talking about his lack of education, no more "newcomer" carpetbagging innuendos, a hometown crowd to cheer him on, and most important, ask Danny Barefoot to stop "helping" with secret political schemes, he could stand a chance.
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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