- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2000

Voters in Alexandria, Va., go to the polls tomorrow to elect a six-member council and mayor.

Alexandria's construction boom is likely to have a big impact on who's elected.

There's debate on whether that growth has been good or bad for the city and whether the incumbent mayor and council members should be penalized or congratulated for it.

The candidates for mayor are Kerry J. Donley, Democrat incumbent; Robert R. Peavey, independent; and Charles S. Severance, independent.

City Council candidates are A. Andrew Anderson, independent; Ross B. Bell, Republican; William C. Cleveland, Republican incumbent; Claire M. Eberwein, Republican; William D. Euille, Democrat incumbent; Andrew H. Macdonald, independent; Judith A. McVay, Republican; Matthew T. Natale, Republican; Redella S. Pepper, Democrat incumbent; Paul C. Smedberg, Democrat; David G. Speck, Democrat incumbent; Townsend A. Van Fleet, independent; Lois L. Walker, Democrat incumbent; Douglas K. Wood, Republican; and Joyce Woodson, Democrat.

Because Mayor Kerry Donley and five of six council members are Democrats, Republicans are hoping for anti-incumbent sentiment.

Democrats say that while people are concerned about development issues, most residents believe that they live in a well-run city, and that the council listens to them.

In addition to the mayoral and council positions, Alexandria is holding elections for its school board.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Also tomorrow, political party leaders in the District are hoping voters will show up for the presidential primary, even though Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore are the presumed nominees.

Mr. Bush shares the Republican primary ballot with Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has withdrawn from the race. Fringe candidate Lyndon LaRouche will appear on the Democratic ballot along with Mr. Gore.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton also is on the ballot, unchallenged.

Voters will also select officials to the national and local committees of their parties.

Nearly 270,000 Democrats are registered to vote in the D.C. primary and about 25,000 Republicans.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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