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March 28, 2014 Published in Obituaries

Beverly Beidler Dies At 85

By Carla Branch

Former Alexandria City Councilwoman and former Alexandria General Registrar Beverly Beidler, 85, died this morning after a long illness. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Beidler was an active member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee and the Alexandria community as a whole for more than four decades. She was the president of the Alexandria League of Women Voters from 1965 to 1967 and was the first woman to be elected to the Alexandria City Council. She served two terms on Council from 1973 to 1976.

In 1987, she was appointed the City’s General Registrar, in which capacity she served until her retirement in 2000. During her tenure as registrar, she established an aggressive outreach program that brought voter registration to neighborhoods throughout the City. She also conducted an active public information program distributing information to civic associations and a wide range of locations including libraries, recreation centers, schools and residential and commercial locations. Beidler also served as the president of Voter Registrar’s Association of Virginia from 1990 to 1992.

During her 13 years as the City’s registrar, voter registration increased from 53,738 to 75,786. She also served as Chair of the Year 2000 Complete Count Committee for the City of Alexandria.

Since her retirement, Beidler has lived quietly. In the past year, she has suffered two strokes and was in a nursing facility at the time of her death. 

Correction: Beidler checked out of the nursing facility where she was receiving care shortly before her death. She died at home.

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