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January 10, 2012 Published in Choice 2013

Donley Will Not Seek Re-election

By Carla Branch

Vice Mayor Kerry Donley. (Courtesy Photo)

Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry J. Donley has announced that he will not seek re-election to City Council.

“I need to focus on taking care of my health and my family.

“Basically, I have two jobs and do not feel that I should add a campaign on top of that. I have served for 18 years because of my dedication to public policy. Now, it’s time to take care of my health and my family,” Donley said.

Donley was first elected to Council in 1988. He became Alexandria’s mayor in 1996 when Patsy Ticer successfully ran for the Virginia State Senate. He served as the City’s mayor until 2003, when he decided not to seek re-election. He ran for Council again in 2009, and was the top vote-getter, making him Alexandria’s vice mayor. He will leave office at the end of 2012.

2012 Election Season In Full Swing

The 2012 election season has begun in earnest with a number of incumbents, former elected officials and newcomers announcing their candidacy for the Alexandria City Council.

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill Euille will run for a fourth term. He made his announcement last night at the Alexandria Democratic Committee’s organizational meeting, ending speculation that he was moving on to other things. Euille was first elected to Council in 1994 and as the City’s first African-American mayor in 2003.

Incumbent Democratic Council Members Del Pepper and Paul Smedberg also announced that they would seek re-election last night. Pepper has served on Council since 1985 and Smedberg since 2003.

Former Democratic Council Members Tim Lovain and Justin Wilson have already announced that they are running for Council. Lovain served on Council from 2006 to 2009. Wilson was elected in a special election in July, 2007, and served until 2009.

Democratic newcomers Charles Sumpter and Sean Holihan also announced their candidacy last night. Sumpter is a DC government employee who has recently moved to Alexandria. Holihan has been involved in the ADC and the Virginia Young Democrats for some time.  Michael Hepburn, another Democratic newcomer, has filed his Statement of Organization, establishing a campaign for City Council but has made no official announcement.

Republican newcomer Scott Gordon is actively campaigning for City Council. Republican Incumbent Council Members Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes have made no official announcements to the best of our knowledge.

The Democratic primary for Council will be held in June unless the Virginia General Assembly does not redraw Virginia’s Congressional districts in time to obtain pre=clearance from the U. S. Department of Justice. In that case, all primaries except Virginia’s presidential primary will be moved to August.

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