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Democrats Line Up in Alexandria - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Dec 19,2017
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

Mayor Allison Silberberg and Vice Mayor Justin Wilson. Photo by Vernon Miles.

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By Vernon Miles

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The race for City Council has begun.

The 2018 Democratic primary will be a competitive one, with two mayoral candidates facing off, four incumbent City Council members running for reelection, and three newcomers. Among both the mayoral and city council candidates, at least one will end the election without a seat.

An Alexandria Democratic Committee meeting on Dec. 4 gave a spotlight to the two mayoral candidates and to the three newcomers to the City Council race. The mayoral race is a showdown between incumbent Mayor Allison Silberberg and Vice Mayor Justin Wilson. Silberberg pointed to the improvements the city governance has made, despite facing heavy opposition, during her tenure as mayor.

“There are a number of issues you probably know all about,” said Silberberg. “We led off with an ethics initiative that I proposed and we passed.”

Silberberg also pointed to advances made in both affordable housing and schools over the last few years, like the replacement of the run-down Ramsey Homes with a new mixed income housing block. Silberberg also highlighted progress made in the city schools, like the city’s votes to move forward on rebuilding Patrick Henry as an elementary and middle school facility and approval of a new West End school.

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