Justin Wilson, a three-term council member who is challenging Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg in the June Democratic primary, won the endorsements Friday of the city’s previous two mayors.
Bill Euille and Kerry Donley, who served a combined 19 consecutive years in office and were both defeated by Silberberg three years ago in the Democratic mayoral primary, touted Wilson’s leadership and teamwork.
Alexandria Democrats are lining up to run for City Council seats in the June 12 primary, with more than two months until the filing deadline.
The latest to seek a seat on the six-person council is Canek Aguirre, 32, chair of the local economic opportunities commission and president of the board of Tenants and Workers United.
Beset by worries about overcrowded schools and aging infrastructure, the Alexandria City Council this week said it will consider raising tax rates by as much as three cents — triple what its city manager recommended.
“We’ve underinvested in capital [needs] for far too long. These bills aren’t getting any smaller,” Vice Mayor Justin Wilson (D) said in proposing the possible rate increase. “The enormity of the challenge does not mean we should not try.”
Alexandria’s City Council, after nearly three hours of discussion Saturday, agreed to set up an ethics committee, but not the one envisioned by Mayor Allison Silberberg (D).
Council members Justin Wilson and John Taylor Chapman pushed through a more limited version of the proposal Silberberg floated, giving control of the committee to the all-Democratic City Council, shortening the length of time the committee has to offer a code of conduct and ethics pledge for officials, creating an annual report on why and how often the council holds closed sessions, and asking the state for authority to ban or limit gifts to the council.
The first sense that opinions had already formed in the Alexandria crowd at Tuesday night’s candidates forum came just a few minutes into the debate between mayoral candidates.
Mayor Bill Euille (D), who’s led the city for nine years and served a previous nine on the City Council, defended the council’s May 11 decision on development along the Beauregard Street corridor in the West End, citing years of community meetings.
Alexandria Republicans have come up with a slate of three candidates to run for the six City Council seats up for election this year. The Democrats have 14 candidates battling for six nominations to be decided by a primary June 12. That’s also the deadline for any independent candidate to register.