In Alexandria, VA, two independent candidates run different, classic campaigns

There are ten candidates running for six seats on the Alexandria City Council in northern Virginia. Election Day is Tuesday, May 5th 2009. Rich Williamson is an independent candidate in the race, running on the theme of breaking the one-party machine. Alicia R. Hughes, another independent in the race, is running on a theme of inclusion. Her website states, “These issues are not Republican or Democrat, black or white, rich or poor, or old or young…”

(excerpt from) Alexandria Gazette Packet
On the Campaign Trail/Welcome to the Machine

With one-party [Democratic Party] ruling City Hall since 2003, some have argued that Alexandria is run by a political machine. But nobody has made the argument quite as forcefully as independent City Council candidate Rich Williamson. During the first candidates’ forum for council candidates the independent candidate accused the city’s ruling elite of wielding power in the shadows.

“We need to break this machine we have at City Hall,” Williamson said during his opening remarks.

3 thoughts on “In Alexandria, VA, two independent candidates run different, classic campaigns

  1. CHUCKtheFED

    I wish them luck.
    Our new Governor not withstanding, St. Louis is a Blue City, in a Red State, resulting in Purple Politics. (that’s “black and blue”…to me and you…)
    It is incomprehensible, that one of the TOO parties would let major seats go unchallenged, unless there was no procedural need for them to actually occupy those seats.
    That’s just a bit TOO bi-partisan for me.

  2. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Eek! Maybe these two candidates are not independent so deep down. Think the story I ran is still technically accurate. But, this background adds an interesting layer:

    From the Alexandria Times:

    — quote: Hughes, who works at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent examiner, is a federal worker and is barred from endorsing a political party under the Hatch Act. However, she is a member of the Commonwealth Republican Woman’s Club. She has a juris doctor in international law, health policy and international property curriculum, and is a member of the Alexandria Social Services Advisory Board and Leadership Alexandria.

    Williamson is a senior project manager at the Pentagon (requiring an Independent label) specializing in business process engineering and system architecture and “grew up part-time in Old Town” with his mother, he said. He has a masters degree in business administration and served as secretary of the city’s Environmental Policy Commission for a year and was President of the Colonial Heights Homeowners Association on the West End. —

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