|I had two interesting chats today with Northern Virginia Democratic politicos regarding the Alexandria mayoral and City Council races. I thought they were worth passing along, edited for length and flow. First, here's a response - from someone who knows a lot more about Alexandria politics than I do! - to my questions regarding what Democratic nominee Allison Silberberg means when she talks about "appropriate"/"to scale" development, and more generally about how the Mayor's race might play out. Also note that this person is a Silberberg supporter, so put these comments in that context.|
It means more green space for Allison and more buildings for Bill. More residential development for Allison; more commercial development for Bill. More historic preservation for Allison; less for Bill. An easier permitting process and less regulation for businesses for Bill. More restrictions and "preservation of existing communities" for Allison. Less tear-down/redevelopment for Allison.It is definitely at the margins. I don't think Allison is anti-development. She's not anti-commercial buildings. She just wants more careful review before something happens. And I don't think it's partisan, although I do think Bill actually is more pro-business than Allison. Remember he's a developer himself.
Now, here are some thoughts from another Northern Virginia Democratic politico about how Bill Euille's write-in campaign might impact the Alexandria City Council races, specifically the potential to increase turnout among Republicans and possibly cost Democrats a Council seat or two (or three or...).
|lowkell :: A Few Thoughts on the Alexandria Mayoral, City Council Races|
I'm not worried at all. This will energize Democrats on both sides; I don't see any upside for the Republicans. I predict Euille narrowly wins and the Democrats sweep the City Council. Coming to vote for one Democrat (Euille or Silberberg) over another isn't gonna be a huge driver for Republicans, and there are not that many in Alexandria anyway. If Silberberg backs the Republicans running for City Council, she guarantees that Euille wins. And if she doesn't back the Republicans running for City Council, then why would Democrats turning out for her vote for them?...Euille running will probably bring out more African Americans than would have turned out if he had been the nominee or had not run as a write-in. I think the bigger risk would have been having a Democratic nominee most Democrats weren't excited about. So, if Euille had endorsed Silberberg tepidly and moved on with his life, then I could see Democratic turnout being so poor that you could end up with a couple more Republicans on the City Council. Now we have a race; people vote when there is a race more than when there isn't one.Interesting stuff, IMHO. What do you think?
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