• Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms. McAuliffe attended The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University Law Center. A lifelong businessman and entrepreneur, McAuliffe has lived in Fairfax County for more than 20 years with his wife, Dorothy. The couple has raised five children together.

    McAuliffe is centering his campaign on building a strong Virginia economy that works for everyone. He plans to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, two years ahead of the current schedule. He wants to require employers to provide paid sick days along with paid family and medical leave to all workers. Because Virginia is the 10th most expensive state for childcare in the country, McAuliffe wants to assist families burdened with childcare costs by providing subsidies, funneling federal money to families, and making it easier for people to qualify for assistance.

    McAuliffe plans to invest $2 billion in Virginia’s education system every year so that teachers are paid above the national average, children have access to universal pre-K, and every student can get online. To make college more affordable to students, McAuliffe will offer more financial aid and expand on current Governor Ralph Northam’s program that makes community college free to low- and middle-income students studying in certain fields. McAuliffe also wants to boost enrollment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing free tuition to students who promise to teach for five years in the state’s high-need areas.

    While serving as Governor of Virginia, McAuliffe took action to reduce carbon emissions in the state and received a $120.5 million federal grant to combat the rising sea level on Virginia’s coast. He wants Virginia to reach 100% clean energy by 2035 and make access to clean energy and transportation infrastructure more affordable by providing subsidies for solar usage and public transit construction. McAuliffe also plans to address the racial impacts of climate change by providing funding to communities hit by extreme heat and rising sea levels.

    McAuliffe pushed for Medicaid expansion during his first term and wants to increase access to affordable healthcare by supporting Virginia’s plan to create a state-run health insurance marketplace. He backs lowering prescription drug costs, reducing health insurance premiums, and creating a Medicaid buy-in option for people who make too much to qualify for the program but still can’t afford out-of-pocket costs on the marketplace. When he was governor, McAuliffe vetoed Republican legislation that would have limited abortion access. If reelected, McAuliffe plans to incorporate Roe v. Wade into Virginia’s constitution to guarantee that abortion access is protected.

    McAuliffe is running against multimillionaire Republican Glenn Youngkin, the former president of Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Youngkin wants to channel the state’s money from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to fund private schools. Youngkin has admitted that he opposes abortion access and will work to dismantle protections for reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth. Youngkin is also against making health coverage more affordable in Virginia.

    McAuliffe is also facing a challenge from activist and educator Princess Blanding, an Independent candidate. Blanding is the sister of Marcus David-Peters, a young Black man who was killed by police in 2018. Blanding wants to hold police accountable by ending qualified immunity and shifting funding away from police departments to invest in community services. She also wants to make health coverage more affordable by creating a public healthcare system.

    Due to his record in providing leadership for the Commonwealth and his support of Virginia working families, the environment, affordable health coverage, and reproductive rights, Terry McAuliffe is the most progressive choice in this race.

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    Terry McAuliffe

    Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms.

    Terry McAuliffe

    Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms.

  • The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017. She worked for over 20 years as a cybersecurity specialist and is the single mother of two grown children. If chosen by voters to be the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Ayala will be the first woman and Afro-Latina to do so.

    Affordable access to healthcare is a central focus for Ayala. As a first-time mother, Ayala depended on Medicaid to give her son life-saving care. In 2018, Ayala voted to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians. In 2020, she co-patroned legislation to cap the cost of insulin in the state. In 2021, she voted to make the cost of prescription drugs transparent and to boost Virginia’s capacity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. She also wants to reduce Black maternal mortality and create a universal paid family and medical leave program in the Commonwealth.

    As a graduate of Prince William County schools, Ayala believes that a well-funded education system is critical to a thriving Commonwealth. In 2021, she voted to increase teachers’ salaries by 5%. She also supported the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program, which provides free community college to low- and middle-income students who are studying in certain fields. As lieutenant governor, Ayala will prioritize expanding access to pre-K, reducing overcrowding in classrooms, and dedicate more funding to improve school infrastructure.

    Recognizing the climate crisis as a national security threat, Ayala believes the state needs to play a bigger role in addressing the impacts of climate change. She co-patroned the Virginia Clean Economy Act in 2020, which will eliminate carbon emissions in the Commonwealth by 2050. She also wants to dedicate more funding to communities dealing firsthand with the effects of climate change, believing that solutions to the crisis must be created with racial equity in mind.

    Ayala personally understands how hard it is for families to make ends meet. Her family struggled financially when she was a child, and she worked and raised children while obtaining her degree. In 2020, Ayala voted to raise the state’s minimum wage. She supports making paid family and medical leave available to all Virginia working families. In 2021, she voted to strengthen the rights of tenants and protect them from eviction during the pandemic. She also sponsored legislation to protect workers during the pandemic by requiring employers to provide them with personal protective equipment and hazard pay.

    Ayala is running against former delegate Winsome Sears, a Republican who represented Norfolk in the House of Delegates from 2002 to 2003. Sears owns a plumbing and appliance repair store in Winchester. Sears opposes legislation that would make our communities safer from gun violence. She also supports using public money to fund private schools and wants to create deliberate barriers to voting access that make it more difficult for people to participate in our democracy.

    Due to her support of affordable health coverage, the environment, public education, and Virginia working families, Delegate Hala Ayala is the most progressive choice for lieutenant governor in Virginia.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Hala Ayala

    The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017.

    Hala Ayala

    The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017.
  • Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013. Raised by a single mother in Loudoun County, Herring obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia before earning his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He and his wife of 30 years, Laura, raised two children together.

    Herring has stood up for access to affordable healthcare by fighting off efforts by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2021, Herring defended the ACA by joining a coalition of 21 attorneys general to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court against a lawsuit from the Trump administration that would have dismantled the ACA, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and Medicaid expansion.

    Herring is a champion of reproductive rights and abortion access, and has used his office to support a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent. He has signed onto several lawsuits that challenge different states’ restrictive abortion laws. He issued an opinion in 2015 to strike down medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws that shuttered women’s health centers in the Commonwealth. In 2019, he successfully filed an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to halt contraceptive coverage in health insurance.

    Herring has worked to keep our communities safe from gun violence by standing up to the gun lobby. In 2020, he defended two common-sense laws passed by the General Assembly aimed at preventing gun violence, the one-handgun-a-month law, and extended background checks. The same year, he also successfully defended a challenge to Virginia’s extreme risk protection law, which keeps guns out of the hands of people who pose a risk to themselves or others.

    During his time in office, Herring has fought to keep the promise of democracy real by protecting access to the ballot box. This year, he applauded the passage of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia and joined other attorneys general in urging Congress to pass safeguards that guarantee people’s rights to participate in our democracy by voting. In 2020, he ensured that voters did not face intimidation while casting their ballots in our fair and free elections. In 2016, he defended a decision from former Governor Terry McAuliffe to restore the rights of returning citizens in the Commonwealth.

    Herring is facing a challenge from Delegate Jason Miyares, a conservative Republican who wants to create deliberate barriers to voting access, undermine workers’ rights by keeping Virginia a right-to-work state, and oppose efforts to shift funding away from police budgets to community services. As a delegate, Miyares voted against raising the state’s minimum wage, expanding access to affordable healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Virginians, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana. He also opposes abortion access.

    Due to his support of access to affordable healthcare, abortion access, gun violence prevention, and voting rights, Attorney General Mark Herring is the most progressive choice for this race.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Mark Herring

    Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.

    Mark Herring

    Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.
  • Virginia’s 45th District includes part of the city of Alexandria, and parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties. Voting trends show that this district is strongly Democratic. Bennett-Parker was able to beat former incumbent Mark Levine for the Democratic nomination. Levine had represented the district since 2016.

    Elizabeth Bennett-Parker is the vice mayor of Alexandria and was the youngest woman elected to Alexandria’s city council. She attended Cornell University and the University of London. She serves on Alexandria’s community criminal justice board and commission on employment. She also runs a small business that targets food insecurity and co-leads a nonprofit job training and personal development program for underserved women. She and her husband live in Alexandria with their two rescue pets.

    As a city council member, Bennett-Parker expanded access to early childhood education by securing additional funding and supporting zoning changes to increase the number of education facilities in the city. As a delegate, she hopes to continue her work to develop quality early care and equity-focused education by reducing classroom size, improving outdated facilities, and giving schools new learning materials. She supports raising teacher pay and advancing universal school meal programs that deliver healthy food to Virginia students.

    Bennett-Parker wants to boost Virginia working families by guaranteeing paid family and medical leave so that people don’t have to choose between a paycheck or taking care of a loved one or themselves if they are sick. She plans to raise revenue for the state by making sure that the huge corporations and millionaires and billionaires that have benefited from our community are paying their fair share too. She also wants to ensure that minorities and women are prioritized in opportunities for new businesses.

    Bennett-Parker understands the urgency of the climate crisis and sponsored a resolution on the Alexandria City Council calling the climate crisis an emergency. She worked to ensure that all new construction in the city has zero carbon emissions and that property owners have access to tools to make energy improvements. She will ensure the just transition to 100% renewable energy in the Commonwealth guarantees that communities’ rights and livelihoods are protected when shifting to sustainable energy production.

    As chair of the Virginia Railway Express, Bennett-Paker is aware of the region’s transportation needs. Bennet-Parker wants to modernize and expand transportation infrastructure in Northern Virginia so that people have more options and mobility. Bennett-Parker also recognizes that the district suffers from an affordable housing crisis. As a city council member, she voted to increase funding for affordable housing and expand the number of affordable housing units. Climate change has made flooding issues worse for her district and Bennett-Parker will work with the General Assembly to secure more funding for stormwater infrastructure in the district.

    Bennett-Parker is running against Republican candidate J.D. Maddox, a veteran, and former federal employee. Maddox opposes efforts to stop the school-to-prison pipeline by removing police officers from schools. He is also against collective bargaining rights for municipal employees, which allows workers to negotiate salaries with their employers as a union.

    Due to her support of public education, the environment, Virginia working families, and improved transportation infrastructure, Elizabeth Bennett-Parker is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Elizabeth Bennett-Parker

    Elizabeth Bennett-Parker is the vice mayor of Alexandria and was the youngest woman elected to Alexandria’s city council. She attended Cornell University and the University of London. She serves on Alexandria’s community criminal justice board and commission on employment.
  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    Incumbent Justin Wilson was first elected as mayor in November 2018. Before his election, Wilson served on the city council for eight years, including three years as Alexandria’s vice mayor. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Wilson currently serves as a senior director at Amtrak. He and his wife currently reside in the Del Ray neighborhood with their two children.

    During his years on the city council, Wilson emphasized the need to invest more in the city’s infrastructure. During his term as mayor, he has made several accomplishments, including securing funding for West End Transitway and the construction of the Potomac Yard Metro Station. He was also able to update fire stations, schools, and recreational facilities. He expanded the “Complete Streets” initiatives to improve pedestrian safety. Wilson will continue to push for budgets that address Alexandria’s infrastructural needs, including upgrading the stormwater system to address flooding issues in the city.

    As mayor, Wilson will push for initiatives that will help improve early childhood education opportunities. He has successfully expanded access to quality preschool programs in the area by offering universal pre-K. Wilson has also increased funding to schools to address growing enrollment numbers. He was part of efforts that allowed Alexandria City Public Schools to safely reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Wilson also supported ending the school’s school resource officer program and diverting funding to a teen wellness center.

    Wilson also wants to continue addressing racial inequities in Alexandria. He has worked with other members of the city council to create a community police review board as well as a co-response pilot program that would send mental health professionals along with police officers to respond to mental health-related emergencies. Wilson and his staff have also begun to tackle zoning and land-use policies that have segregated the city.

    He is also focused on efforts that will help individuals and small businesses recover from the pandemic. Wilson has worked to accelerate economic growth in the city and address growing housing needs. He has worked with new public and private partnerships that would provide more affordable housing to the region. He has also worked to redevelop the Landmark mall site, increase access to broadband, and open public access to the city’s waterfront.

    Incumbent Mayor Justin Wilson is facing a challenge from Republican candidate Annetta Catchings, a former American Airlines flight attendant of 34 years, and currently serves as co-director of a nonprofit focused on education. She opposes the city’s guaranteed income program and is openly against the removal of Confederate monuments. Catchings does not support government measures to protect communities during the pandemic.

    Due to his support of increased funding for infrastructure, public education, addressing racial inequities in the city, and pandemic recovery, Wilson is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Justin Wilson

    Incumbent Justin Wilson was first elected as mayor in November 2018. Before his election, Wilson served on the city council for eight years, including three years as Alexandria’s vice mayor.

  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    Captain Sean Casey, a Democrat, is running to be Alexandria’s next sheriff. Casey was born in Alexandria and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Virginia Tech. He joined the Alexandria Police Department following college. In 2017, he joined the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, where he was promoted to Captain. He is a member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee and co-chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee Labor Caucus. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Brookville-Seminary Valley neighborhood.

    Casey has worked to improve the quality of life for inmates at Alexandria’s jails. During the pandemic, as director of the Administrative Services Division, he worked to ensure all inmates and staff had access to testing and vaccinations. He worked to implement more access to free phone calls for inmates and personal items. He supports increased access to education and technology while incarcerated, including Life Learning, Life Skills, GED, and ESL. He would like to implement vocational and work release programs for inmates.


    Casey supports increasing alternatives to incarceration. He is committed to maintaining the office’s partnership with Alexandria Treatment Court, which diverts individuals with substance abuse disorders out of the traditional justice system. He also supports the City’s Opioid Working Group, the Community Services Board, and the Community Criminal Justice Board. He supports Crisis Intervention Training which works to teach officers how to respond to mental health crises and keep citizens with mental illnesses safe during interactions with law enforcement.

    If elected, Casey plans to prioritize developing a racial equity action plan for the office. Following the murder of George Floyd, Casey joined an advisory group comprised of sheriff’s office employees and community members that overhauled the office’s use of force policies and procedures. He’s also a member of the Office’s “Let’s Talk Diversity” group and serves as an “equity leader” in the City’s “Race and Social Equity Commitment” program. He would like to recruit and maintain a diverse group of officers and would evaluate the office’s hiring policies.

    Casey understands that education is critical to ensuring that officers are able to interact with diverse populations. He has helped implement implicit bias training, autism awareness education, and use of force and de-escalation training for all law enforcement officers in the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department. He would like to further increase the cultural diversity education that officers receive. Additionally, Casey support’s the labor rights of his employees. He is a former union president and while working at the sheriff’s office helped implement pay raises and more paid time off for employees, as well as securing a 25-year retirement program.

    Casey is running unopposed. However, his support for criminal justice reforms makes him a progressive choice in this election.

    Sean Casey

    Captain Sean Casey, a Democrat, is running to be Alexandria’s next sheriff. Casey was born in Alexandria and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Virginia Tech. He joined the Alexandria Police Department following college.
  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    Alyia Gaskins grew up in Pittsburgh and earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh and recently completed a master’s degree in urban planning from Georgetown University. Gaskins currently works as a senior program officer at Melville Charitable Trust, a national philanthropic organization. She is an Emerge Virginia and the New Leaders Council graduate. She and her husband welcomed their first child last year.

    If elected, Gaskins wants to address the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and Brown communities. She sees recovery from the pandemic as a unique opportunity to discuss historical inequities in Alexandria. She plans to boost community engagement with city council by making sure the voices of people of color are heard and advocates for increased transparency so residents understand how decisions are made. She also wants to support city workers as the city discusses collective bargaining rights for municipal employees.

    As a member of the city council, Gaskins will work to address educational and social inequities in the city. She will push for initiatives that provide quality, affordable childcare to working families, including the development of a program to identify and support informal providers with grants, free or subsidized training, and tax credits. Gaskins will work with educators and businesses to find funding to invest in educational infrastructure. She also hopes to collaborate with local companies to develop workforce readiness programs that will give youth access to high-paying, quality jobs following graduation.

    Gaskins also plans to address the increasing costs of living and affordable housing crisis in the city. She will push for housing developments that are more inclusive of Alexandria’s diverse age community and income levels. She wants to modernize older buildings, making them safer and healthier for residents. Gaskins will actively work to expand homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. She advocates building upon the work of the Alexandria Eviction Prevention Partnership to expand its current operations.

    Gaskins is committed to addressing the consequences of climate change in Alexandria. If elected to the council, she will abide by the commitments in the Environmental Action Plan as environmental policies are created and enforced. She will support initiatives that call for more community engagement in creating environmental policies and hopes to address the intersection of Black and Brown communities and environmental justice. With the addition of more housing developments, Gaskins supports green building and clean energy options for citizens and commercial buildings. She hopes to collaborate with local businesses to reduce private-sector carbon emissions.

    Due to her support of working families, public education, the environment, racial and social equity, Gaskins is a progressive choice in this race.

    Alyia Gaskins

    Alyia Gaskins grew up in Pittsburgh and earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh and recently completed a master’s degree in urban planning from Georgetown University.
  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    Incumbent Amy Jackson is seeking reelection to her second term on the Alexandria City Council. A native of Alexandria, she earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Virginia Tech and two master’s degrees in education from George Mason University. Jackson worked as an educator in Fairfax County Schools for 16 years. She serves on multiple committees and boards, including the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, and the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Task Force. She and her family reside in the Seminary Hill neighborhood.

    Jackson is making recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic a priority and understands the racial disparities involved in the response to the pandemic. Jackson pursued passing a mask mandate ordinance in the city before Governor Ralph Northam had issued one for the state. She supports requiring vaccination for all city employees and public school employees. Jackson also advocates for keeping our communities safe from gun violence and pushed for an ordinance that prohibits firearms on city property.

    Jackson plans to continue centering race and social equity in every issue she considers as a council member. She promises to fund much-needed social programs geared toward services like women’s issues, mental health, and youth at risk. During her time on Council, she has advocated for “All Alexandria,” a resolution that commits the city to racial and social equity. She supports holding police accountable for abusing its power by establishing a citizen review board and body cameras for police officers.

    As a former educator, Jackson understands that strong schools are the backbone to thriving communities and is committed to fully funding Alexandria’s public education system. Seeing that the pandemic exposed the lack of access to the Internet, she advocates for the creation of a municipal broadband network. She will address obtaining more funding for Pre-K programs and investing in declining school infrastructure. She believes that getting to the root of Alexandria’s achievement gap involves understanding how educational inequalities start in kindergarten.

    Jackson wants working families to live with dignity in Alexandria and supports the collective bargaining rights of municipal employees. She wants to encourage the construction of affordable housing units by getting rid of a waiver that incentivizes developers not to build affordable housing. She also believes in securing housing for the city’s aging population and homeless community members. She supports the use of co-location to build affordable housing on school property.

    Due to her support of working families, public education, the environment, racial and social equity, Jackson is a progressive choice in this race.

    Amy Jackson

    Incumbent Amy Jackson is seeking reelection to her second term on the Alexandria City Council. A native of Alexandria, she earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Virginia Tech and two master’s degrees in education from George Mason University.
  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    Canek Aguirre was first elected to Alexandria City Council in November 2018, making him its first Latino representative. He holds several leadership positions in the city council, including vice-chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), Alternate Director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and chair of Alexandria’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Canek lives in the West End.

    A primary concern of Councilman Aguirre is the affordable housing problem in Alexandria. He supports various options to create more housing opportunities, including colocation on school grounds, which involves building affordable housing units on school property. Aguirre has actively worked during the pandemic to address affordability issues by helping form the Alexandria Eviction Prevention Task Force. Prior to being elected, Canek served as president of Tenants and Workers United and chair of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission, where he worked to ensure Alexandria remained affordable for families across the city.

    Aguirre will continue his efforts to improve access to healthcare in the city. He voted to reallocate funds from the school resource officer program to a new teen wellness center program, which will provide schools with mental health resources such as mentoring, nurses, and therapists. The councilman has also been a key factor in prioritizing multilingual information and multilingual healthcare workers for residents. Aguirre believes that health encompasses more than just physical well-being. He has put into place efforts to address emotional and environmental health as well by supporting infrastructure that would promote pedestrian safety and address climate change.

    The son of a retired school teacher, Aguirre advocates for quality education for all students. The councilman has pushed for budgets that provide more funding for school resources and infrastructure. Aguirre wants to reduce overcrowding in schools and guarantee students’ access to the Internet. He supports increasing teacher wages and will work to retain the most qualified educators for students. He continues to address the growing achievement gap in the Alexandria school system and disproportionate suspension rates amongst Black and Brown students.

    Aguirre is working to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic by pushing for equitable responses to the racial disparities in healthcare. In addition to his work on the Eviction Prevention Task Force, Aguirre voted to provide housing and rental assistance to those in need. He prioritized small businesses by approving additional funding and grants to entrepreneurs. Aguirre said that in his next term he hopes to continue working toward equity in language access, vaccine distribution, transportation, and identification of women and minority-owned small businesses for COVID-19 funding.

    Due to his support of working families, public education, the environment, racial and social equity, Aguirre is a progressive choice in this race.

    Canek Aguirre

    Canek Aguirre was first elected to Alexandria City Council in November 2018, making him its first Latino representative.
  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    John Chapman was first elected to Alexandria City Council in 2012 and is currently seeking his fourth term. His family has lived in Alexandria for four generations. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Saint Olaf College. Chapman works as an educator in Fairfax County Public Schools and owns Manumission Tour Company. Before serving on the city council, Chapman was president of the Alexandria NAACP. He and his wife currently live in the Taylor Run neighborhood with their son.

    As an educator and council member, Chapman has experience working on budget advisory committees for the city and the school system. He believes more funding could attract more teachers, hire more teachers, and invest in the system’s infrastructure needs. His plans include providing more apprenticeship opportunities for Alexandria City Public Schools students by partnering with local private businesses. He advocates for increased access to pre-K education and after-school education opportunities. He supports safely reopening city schools based on the advice from health experts and in compliance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

    During his three terms on the city council, Chapman fought for more affordable housing by supporting the Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s (ARHA) efforts to increase the number of affordable housing units. Chapman believes the city should demand more from developers to guarantee the construction of affordable units. Recognizing that many working-class residents cannot afford the cost of living in the city, Chapman has promised to devote more resources to homeownership and expand the city’s Homebuyer Program.

    As a small business owner, Chapman understands that local businesses were hit hard by the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. He wants to assemble a Small Business Recovery Task Force to create a policy framework aimed at helping the local economy regain its footing. He is interested in working with local financial institutions to expand access to capital for small businesses. Chapman will continue to push for training and workforce development programs to provide residents with skills, training, and entrepreneurial support.

    Chapman advocates for updating the city’s aging infrastructure with an emphasis on the sewer system, transportation, and school facilities. He also wants to refocus efforts on developing digital infrastructure. He believes the city can pay for the upgrades by shifting the burden of revenue from residential property owners to commercial property owners. He wants to make the city more pedestrian-friendly, and improve transportation options for those who work and live in Alexandria and in neighboring communities.

    Due to his support of working families, public education, the environment, racial and social equity, Chapman is a progressive choice in this election.

    John Chapman

    John Chapman was first elected to Alexandria City Council in 2012 and is currently seeking his fourth term. His family has lived in Alexandria for four generations. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Saint Olaf College.
  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    Originally from Texas, Kirk McPike earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and his master’s degree from George Mason University. He came to live in Alexandria to work on a state senator’s campaign for office and is currently the chief of staff to Congressman Mark Takano. He previously served as chair of the Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission, which supports low-income residents of the city. McPike and his husband reside in the Seminary Hill neighborhood of Alexandria with their beagle.

    If elected, McPike will prioritize the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. He advocates for supporting businesses to recover lost revenue and restoring the social safety net so people can rely on the government more. He supports using federal funds to pay for equity initiatives and improved infrastructure. He agrees that the city needs to expand broadband access, but believes the city could offer different choices for consumers beyond just a municipal broadband infrastructure.

    McPike wants to guarantee access to affordable housing that reflects the city’s diverse needs in an eco-friendly way. He is committed to finding diverse solutions to affordable housing, including investing in affordable purchasable units and subsidizing rent. McPike also supports developing affordable assisted living facilities in the city so senior residents aren’t pushed out by skyrocketing housing costs.

    McPike sees that the city’s problems with flooding are worsened by climate change and believes the city should act more quickly to address the issue. He believes that funding can be pulled from outside sources to address this problem rather than residential taxpayer dollars. He believes that using money sources such as the American Rescue Plan and federal and state dollars will expedite the process to improve Alexandria’s sewer system.

    McPike believes that transparency and communication are essential parts of government. He believes that Alexandria’s government has disconnected from its residence. As a member of the City Council will push for fully open communication between the city and its residents. He plans to hold virtual and physical town hall meetings in which all citizens may voice their concerns. By restoring trust between residents and local government, McPike believes the policymaking process will be more efficient.

    Due to his support of working families, public education, the environment, racial and social equity, McPike is a progressive choice in this race.

    Kirk McPike

    Originally from Texas, Kirk McPike earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and his master’s degree from George Mason University. He came to live in Alexandria to work on a state senator’s campaign for office and is currently the chief of staff to Congressman Mark Takano.
  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    Originally from Virginia Beach, Sarah Bagley is an activist, attorney, and executive director of an affordable housing nonprofit. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in government from The College of William and Mary and her law degree from The Catholic University of America. Bagley previously worked at two DC-based law firms and served as a clerk at the District Court in Montgomery County. She is a community organizer who has worked with organizations such as the Alexandria Democratic Committee, MOMS Demand Action, and Postcards4VA.

    A top priority for Bagley is ensuring that safe, sanitary, and affordable housing is accessible for those unable to work or earning low or part-time wages in Alexandria. She wants to rebuild the affordable housing stock that the city has lost during the past 20 years. She also wants big corporations building in the area to consider environmental impact and commit to investing in infrastructure. In addition to preservation and redevelopment, she wants to provide a path to homeownership for first-time buyers in order to secure greater financial security.

    If elected, she will work to make communities safer and more inclusive for everyone. These efforts include reducing gun violence, suicide, and guaranteeing that LGBTQ students are accepted and supported in public schools and city space. She hopes to partner with law enforcement agencies as means of providing gun training and education to owners. Bagley will also push to distribute trigger locks to provide safer storage and reduce unintended usage. She will also work to remove access barriers to technology and help break down existing language barriers. Bagley hopes to bridge a connection between historically marginalized communities and the newly formed Community Police Review Board by including community members in the review process.

    Bagley is committed to addressing the impacts of climate change on the city. As a council member, she will seek funding to invest in public transportation methods that are safe and affordable. She believes incentives should be provided to businesses to convert existing structures to renewable energy sources or more energy-efficient programs. She’ll address the city’s flooding and outdated infrastructure issues by working with environmental groups knowledgeable on stormwater and stream restoration.

    To combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bagley will support relief efforts geared towards communities most in need. She believes the city’s recovery plan must be equitable, transparent, and flexible. She supports individualized programs that provide rental assistance to renters, mortgage assistance to landlords, and financial assistance to businesses economically impacted by the pandemic. She also supports using relief funding to provide support to programs that tackle the city’s infrastructure needs, such as the sewer system and street conditions.

    Due to her support of working families, public education, the environment, racial and social equity, Bagley is a progressive choice in this race.

    Sarah Bagley

    Originally from Virginia Beach, Sarah Bagley is an activist, attorney, and executive director of an affordable housing nonprofit. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in government from The College of William and Mary and her law degree from The Catholic University of America.

Other Candidates

Independent candidate Florence M. King has lived in Alexandria for 30 years. She is the owner of FMK Financial Literacy, a company dedicated to teaching people to understand and effectively use various financial skills. She wants to focus on pandemic recovery and economic development, like prioritizing minority contracts for city projects. She wants to tackle the affordable housing crisis in the city by loosening restrictions on current property owners to build.

Darryl Nirenberg is running as a Republican candidate for Alexandria’s City Council. He and his wife are longtime residents of the city. He served as chief of staff to former Senator Jesse Helms, a staunch segregationist. Nirenberg opposes exploring solutions to the affordable housing crisis such as colocation, which involves building affordable housing units on school property.

Gail Parker is an Independent Green candidate and avid supporter of using rail transit as a solution to pollution and traffic congestion issues in the city. Parker has unsuccessfully sought election to represent the 43rd District in the House of Delegates in 2009, 2013, and 2019. She also ran for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2016, 2014, and 2012.
  • Alexandria is an independent city in Northern Virginia with 159,428 residents. It lies south of the Potomac River and north of Fairfax County. All residents of the City of Alexandria are able to vote for this position. The city is strongly Democratic. Porter has run unopposed in every general election and President Biden won the city with 80% of the vote in 2020.

    Bryan Porter has served as Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney since 2014. He was born in Alexandria where he attended public schools and then graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. After receiving his law degree from George Mason University School of Law, he was hired as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and served as a prosecutor for over 20 years, He plays guitar in a ‘90s cover band and has published children’s books. Porter lives with his wife in Alexandria.

    Since his election, Porter has worked for criminal justice reform and processes for rehabilitation whenever possible. He substantially decreased the office’s use of mandatory minimums, helping increase judicial discretion. He publicly supports the elimination of mandatory minimums. He supported the legalization of marijuana and supports defelonization of possession of narcotics. Porter also created two rehabilitative initiatives--the Alexandria Mental Health Initiative and Substance Abuse Treatment Court. Both programs work to avoid the incarceration and conviction of individuals whose mental health or substance use contributed to their criminal activity. He’s also worked to ensure minors stay in the juvenile court in nearly all circumstances.

    Porter also has increased opportunities for criminal expungement for people convicted of certain minor offenses. Additionally, his office approved over 99% of expungement petitions since he was elected. This work helps citizens who have committed minor offenses have access to housing, education, and employment. Additionally, Porter supports the restoration of voting rights to returning citizens, believing that individuals who have been incarcerated and paid their debt to society deserve to have an active voice in elections.

    Porter has also publicly acknowledged that systemic racism is inherent in the American criminal justice system. He was a founding member of Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, a group of prosecutors advocating for criminal justice reform so that the system better serves minorities. ​These reforms include ending no-knock warrants, increasing police accountability, and removing the “three strikes” law. Porter has also reformed his office’s hiring processes, resulting in a more diverse group of prosecutors that better reflects the population of Alexandria.
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    Additionally, while in office, Porter has eliminated cash bail, which discriminates based on ability to pay. He also required open discovery policies at Alexandria’s court, which allow individuals to have complete access to their case’s evidence. He served on the Virginia Bar’s Task Force and helped implement open discovery policies statewide. Before the use of the death penalty was abolished in Virginia, he supported abolition. He waved the use of it in all four murder capital murder cases charged while he was in office.

    Porter is running unopposed.

    Porter’s support for criminal justice reform, restoration of rights, records expungement, and racial justice makes him a progressive choice for this seat.

    Bryan Porter

    Bryan Porter has served as Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney since 2014. He was born in Alexandria where he attended public schools and then graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Incumbent School Board Member Jacinta Greene was elected to represent District A on the Alexandria School Board in 2018. Greene is a native of Richmond and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She was involved with the Alexandria Young Democrats and the Alexandria Democratic Committee. Professionally, she worked in corporate sales and marketing and now works as an independent marketing consultant. Greene has served on the Alexandria Commission for Women for ten years.

    Greene is dedicated to racial equity and believes closing the achievement gap is one of the biggest challenges facing the school district. On the school board, she helped create the “Equity for All 2020-2025 ACPS Strategic Plan,” which prioritizes eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps in the district. In particular, Greene would like to see greater representation of Black and Latino students in the district’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program and in advanced level classes in high school.

    Greene voted against renewing the district’s contract with Student Resource Officers, who contribute to racial disparities and the school-to-prison pipeline. She would like to see the district reduce suspension rates, which disproportionately remove minority students from the classroom. She supports teaching about systemic racism and race relations in schools. Additionally, she supports implementing restorative justice training for teachers and students in Alexandria. She also voted in favor of renaming TC Williams High School and Matthew Maury Elementary School.

    Greene has worked to increase equity in access to school resources and information. During the pandemic, she was proud to help ensure all students had access to the internet and laptops while participating in virtual learning. She has prioritized family involvement in the school system, emphasizing the importance of including immigrant families and families who do not speak English. The 2020 Strategic Plan she helped create includes a system to analyze what communities and schools are most in need of support so that the school board is better able to distribute resources to the correct areas.

    Greene recognizes how teachers are the backbone of the school system yet remain underappreciated and underpaid. She supports competitive salaries for teachers and school support staff so that the district is able to recruit the best teachers. Greene successfully advocated for one-time bonuses for teachers who were not receiving pay raises during the pandemic. She was endorsed by the Alexandria Political Action Committee for Education, which represents the majority of teachers and school support professionals in Alexandria City Public Schools because of her commitment to providing school employees with resources and support.

    Due to her advocacy for educational equity and support for teachers, Jacinta Greene is a progressive choice for this race.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Jacinta Greene

    Incumbent School Board Member Jacinta Greene was elected to represent District A on the Alexandria School Board in 2018. Greene is a native of Richmond and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She was involved with the Alexandria Young Democrats and the Alexandria Democratic Committee. Professionally, she worked in corporate sales and marketing and now works as an independent marketing consultant. Greene has served on the Alexandria Commission for Women for ten years.

    Greene is dedicated to racial equity and believes closing the achievement gap is one of the biggest challenges facing the school district. On the school board, she helped create the “Equity for All 2020-2025 ACPS Strategic Plan,” which prioritizes eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps in the district. In particular, Greene would like to see greater representation of Black and Latino students in the district’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program and in advanced level classes in high school.

    Greene voted against renewing the district’s contract with Student Resource Officers, who contribute to racial disparities and the school-to-prison pipeline. She would like to see the district reduce suspension rates, which disproportionately remove minority students from the classroom. She supports teaching about systemic racism and race relations in schools. Additionally, she supports implementing restorative justice training for teachers and students in Alexandria. She also voted in favor of renaming TC Williams High School and Matthew Maury Elementary School.

    Greene has worked to increase equity in access to school resources and information. During the pandemic, she was proud to help ensure all students had access to the internet and laptops while participating in virtual learning. She has prioritized family involvement in the school system, emphasizing the importance of including immigrant families and families who do not speak English. The 2020 Strategic Plan she helped create includes a system to analyze what communities and schools are most in need of support so that the school board is better able to distribute resources to the correct areas.

    Greene recognizes how teachers are the backbone of the school system yet remain underappreciated and underpaid. She supports competitive salaries for teachers and school support staff so that the district is able to recruit the best teachers. Greene successfully advocated for one-time bonuses for teachers who were not receiving pay raises during the pandemic. She was endorsed by the Alexandria Political Action Committee for Education, which represents the majority of teachers and school support professionals in Alexandria City Public Schools because of her commitment to providing school employees with resources and support.

    Due to her advocacy for educational equity and support for teachers, Jacinta Greene is a progressive choice for this race.

    Jacinta Greene

    Incumbent School Board Member Jacinta Greene was elected to represent District A on the Alexandria School Board in 2018. Greene is a native of Richmond and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She was involved with the Alexandria Young Democrats and the Alexandria Democratic Committee. Professionally, she worked in corporate sales and marketing and now works as an independent marketing consultant. Greene has served on the Alexandria Commission for Women for ten years.

    Greene is dedicated to racial equity and believes closing the achievement gap is one of the biggest challenges facing the school district. On the school board, she helped create the “Equity for All 2020-2025 ACPS Strategic Plan,” which prioritizes eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps in the district. In particular, Greene would like to see greater representation of Black and Latino students in the district’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program and in advanced level classes in high school.

    Greene voted against renewing the district’s contract with Student Resource Officers, who contribute to racial disparities and the school-to-prison pipeline. She would like to see the district reduce suspension rates, which disproportionately remove minority students from the classroom. She supports teaching about systemic racism and race relations in schools. Additionally, she supports implementing restorative justice training for teachers and students in Alexandria. She also voted in favor of renaming TC Williams High School and Matthew Maury Elementary School.

    Greene has worked to increase equity in access to school resources and information. During the pandemic, she was proud to help ensure all students had access to the internet and laptops while participating in virtual learning. She has prioritized family involvement in the school system, emphasizing the importance of including immigrant families and families who do not speak English. The 2020 Strategic Plan she helped create includes a system to analyze what communities and schools are most in need of support so that the school board is better able to distribute resources to the correct areas.

    Greene recognizes how teachers are the backbone of the school system yet remain underappreciated and underpaid. She supports competitive salaries for teachers and school support staff so that the district is able to recruit the best teachers. Greene successfully advocated for one-time bonuses for teachers who were not receiving pay raises during the pandemic. She was endorsed by the Alexandria Political Action Committee for Education, which represents the majority of teachers and school support professionals in Alexandria City Public Schools because of her commitment to providing school employees with resources and support.

    Due to her advocacy for educational equity and support for teachers, Jacinta Greene is a progressive choice for this race.
  • Incumbent School Board Member Michelle Rief was first elected in 2018. Growing up in a military family, she attended public schools across the country and earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University. She earned a doctorate in African American Studies from Temple University. Previously, Rief held leadership roles in the Mount Vernon Community School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Alexandria PTA Council. She has lived in Alexandria for 15 years and her three children attend local schools.

    Rief advocates for policies to increase equity in Alexandria Public Schools. She supports changes to increase the number of Black and Brown students involved in the district’s Talented and Gifted Program. While serving on the school board, she helped implement a new strategic plan to ensure students have equal access to academic enrichment and advanced coursework, regardless of race. This plan also carried out new policies to facilitate restorative practices between teachers and students to build trust and community.

    As a former union member with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Rief has worked to represent teachers’ interests on the school board. She supports competitive pay so that the district is able to recruit the best teachers. She would like to increase opportunities for professional development for the district’s teachers. She advocates for collective bargaining for public employees, including teachers’ right to unionize. She was endorsed by the AFT for her dedication to improving school employees’ pay and working environment.

    Rief has supported infrastructure investment to keep the district’s schools up-to-date and students safe and healthy. She’s advocated for the acceleration of modernization projects of school buildings as well as increased maintenance. Since the pandemic, she’s worked to update the districts’ ventilation systems so that the return to school can be as safe as possible. Additionally, during the pandemic, she supported the superintendent’s efforts to provide laptops and internet access to all students who needed them for virtual learning.

    Additionally, Rief supported the renaming of TC Williams High School, which was named after the district’s pro-segregationist superintendent, and Matthew Maury Elementary School, named after a Confederate Navy Veteran. She supported the removal of School Resource Officers from schools. Though this was not successfully completed by the school board but rather carried out by the city council, she supported the policy and helped divert the funds to mental health resources. She also supported putting charter schools under the school board’s control and increasing their transparency and access to ensure educational funding is supporting all students equally.

    Due to her support for equity, teachers, and infrastructure, Michelle Rief is a progressive choice in this race.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Michelle Rief

    Incumbent School Board Member Michelle Rief was first elected in 2018. Growing up in a military family, she attended public schools across the country and earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University. She earned a doctorate in African American Studies from Temple University. Previously, Rief held leadership roles in the Mount Vernon Community School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Alexandria PTA Council. She has lived in Alexandria for 15 years and her three children attend local schools.

    Rief advocates for policies to increase equity in Alexandria Public Schools. She supports changes to increase the number of Black and Brown students involved in the district’s Talented and Gifted Program. While serving on the school board, she helped implement a new strategic plan to ensure students have equal access to academic enrichment and advanced coursework, regardless of race. This plan also carried out new policies to facilitate restorative practices between teachers and students to build trust and community.

    As a former union member with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Rief has worked to represent teachers’ interests on the school board. She supports competitive pay so that the district is able to recruit the best teachers. She would like to increase opportunities for professional development for the district’s teachers. She advocates for collective bargaining for public employees, including teachers’ right to unionize. She was endorsed by the AFT for her dedication to improving school employees’ pay and working environment.

    Rief has supported infrastructure investment to keep the district’s schools up-to-date and students safe and healthy. She’s advocated for the acceleration of modernization projects of school buildings as well as increased maintenance. Since the pandemic, she’s worked to update the districts’ ventilation systems so that the return to school can be as safe as possible. Additionally, during the pandemic, she supported the superintendent’s efforts to provide laptops and internet access to all students who needed them for virtual learning.

    Additionally, Rief supported the renaming of TC Williams High School, which was named after the district’s pro-segregationist superintendent, and Matthew Maury Elementary School, named after a Confederate Navy Veteran. She supported the removal of School Resource Officers from schools. Though this was not successfully completed by the school board but rather carried out by the city council, she supported the policy and helped divert the funds to mental health resources. She also supported putting charter schools under the school board’s control and increasing their transparency and access to ensure educational funding is supporting all students equally.

    Due to her support for equity, teachers, and infrastructure, Michelle Rief is a progressive choice in this race.

    Michelle Rief

    Incumbent School Board Member Michelle Rief was first elected in 2018. Growing up in a military family, she attended public schools across the country and earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University. She earned a doctorate in African American Studies from Temple University. Previously, Rief held leadership roles in the Mount Vernon Community School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Alexandria PTA Council. She has lived in Alexandria for 15 years and her three children attend local schools.

    Rief advocates for policies to increase equity in Alexandria Public Schools. She supports changes to increase the number of Black and Brown students involved in the district’s Talented and Gifted Program. While serving on the school board, she helped implement a new strategic plan to ensure students have equal access to academic enrichment and advanced coursework, regardless of race. This plan also carried out new policies to facilitate restorative practices between teachers and students to build trust and community.

    As a former union member with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Rief has worked to represent teachers’ interests on the school board. She supports competitive pay so that the district is able to recruit the best teachers. She would like to increase opportunities for professional development for the district’s teachers. She advocates for collective bargaining for public employees, including teachers’ right to unionize. She was endorsed by the AFT for her dedication to improving school employees’ pay and working environment.

    Rief has supported infrastructure investment to keep the district’s schools up-to-date and students safe and healthy. She’s advocated for the acceleration of modernization projects of school buildings as well as increased maintenance. Since the pandemic, she’s worked to update the districts’ ventilation systems so that the return to school can be as safe as possible. Additionally, during the pandemic, she supported the superintendent’s efforts to provide laptops and internet access to all students who needed them for virtual learning.

    Additionally, Rief supported the renaming of TC Williams High School, which was named after the district’s pro-segregationist superintendent, and Matthew Maury Elementary School, named after a Confederate Navy Veteran. She supported the removal of School Resource Officers from schools. Though this was not successfully completed by the school board but rather carried out by the city council, she supported the policy and helped divert the funds to mental health resources. She also supported putting charter schools under the school board’s control and increasing their transparency and access to ensure educational funding is supporting all students equally.

    Due to her support for equity, teachers, and infrastructure, Michelle Rief is a progressive choice in this race.
  • Former Alexandria City Councilmember Willie Bailey grew up in Alexandria. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and, upon his retirement from the Army, became a firefighter with Fairfax County for over 30 years. He served on the Alexandria City Council from 2015 to 2018. He is a youth sports coach and is involved with many philanthropic organizations, including Toys for Tots, Carpenter’s Shelter, and Operation Warm. He is a single father of two adult children.

    While serving on the city council, Bailey was a strong advocate for affordable housing. He currently serves on the board of the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority, which provides affordable housing for low-income individuals in Alexandria. On the council, he introduced and passed a proposal to increase funding to prevent low- and middle-income residents from being priced out of the area as the cost of housing rose, including many teachers.

    Bailey has also worked to ensure every child in Alexandria has the resources they need to learn and thrive by volunteering with multiple organizations that give back to local students. He is a founding member and president of Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue, which works with local schools and charitable organizations to provide school supplies, backpacks, hair cuts, and winter coats to in-need children. He’s also a local coordinator for Toys for Tots, which hosts a toy drive every year.

    Bailey also supports ensuring higher education is affordable and accessible to all. He is a founding board member of Educational Opportunities for Alexandrians, which is a non-profit that funds scholarships for Alexandrians whose immigration status prevents them from receiving financial assistance in higher education. The organization works closely with the city council and the school board to identify and support these students. He will work to ensure that every student in Alexandria is able to achieve their goals beyond high school.

    As a graduate of ​​T.C. Williams High School, Bailey cites the districts’ teachers and coaches as influential to his success. Accordingly, he will serve as a strong advocate for teachers on the school board. He was endorsed by the Alexandria Teachers’ Union, which represents the district’s teachers. He understands the high levels of responsibility placed on teachers and will work to ensure teachers will receive fair compensation and benefits, as well as the support and resources they need to be successful. While on City Council, he was most proud of his votes to increase funding for schools.

    Due to his support for access to housing, school supplies, and higher education, as well his support for teachers, Willie Bailey is a progressive choice in this race.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Willie Bailey

    Former Alexandria City Councilmember Willie Bailey grew up in Alexandria. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and, upon his retirement from the Army, became a firefighter with Fairfax County for over 30 years. He served on the Alexandria City Council from 2015 to 2018. He is a youth sports coach and is involved with many philanthropic organizations, including Toys for Tots, Carpenter’s Shelter, and Operation Warm. He is a single father of two adult children.

    While serving on the city council, Bailey was a strong advocate for affordable housing. He currently serves on the board of the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority, which provides affordable housing for low-income individuals in Alexandria. On the council, he introduced and passed a proposal to increase funding to prevent low- and middle-income residents from being priced out of the area as the cost of housing rose, including many teachers.

    Bailey has also worked to ensure every child in Alexandria has the resources they need to learn and thrive by volunteering with multiple organizations that give back to local students. He is a founding member and president of Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue, which works with local schools and charitable organizations to provide school supplies, backpacks, hair cuts, and winter coats to in-need children. He’s also a local coordinator for Toys for Tots, which hosts a toy drive every year.

    Bailey also supports ensuring higher education is affordable and accessible to all. He is a founding board member of Educational Opportunities for Alexandrians, which is a non-profit that funds scholarships for Alexandrians whose immigration status prevents them from receiving financial assistance in higher education. The organization works closely with the city council and the school board to identify and support these students. He will work to ensure that every student in Alexandria is able to achieve their goals beyond high school.

    As a graduate of ​​T.C. Williams High School, Bailey cites the districts’ teachers and coaches as influential to his success. Accordingly, he will serve as a strong advocate for teachers on the school board. He was endorsed by the Alexandria Teachers’ Union, which represents the district’s teachers. He understands the high levels of responsibility placed on teachers and will work to ensure teachers will receive fair compensation and benefits, as well as the support and resources they need to be successful. While on City Council, he was most proud of his votes to increase funding for schools.

    Due to his support for access to housing, school supplies, and higher education, as well his support for teachers, Willie Bailey is a progressive choice in this race.

    Willie Bailey

    Former Alexandria City Councilmember Willie Bailey grew up in Alexandria. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and, upon his retirement from the Army, became a firefighter with Fairfax County for over 30 years. He served on the Alexandria City Council from 2015 to 2018. He is a youth sports coach and is involved with many philanthropic organizations, including Toys for Tots, Carpenter’s Shelter, and Operation Warm. He is a single father of two adult children.

    While serving on the city council, Bailey was a strong advocate for affordable housing. He currently serves on the board of the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority, which provides affordable housing for low-income individuals in Alexandria. On the council, he introduced and passed a proposal to increase funding to prevent low- and middle-income residents from being priced out of the area as the cost of housing rose, including many teachers.

    Bailey has also worked to ensure every child in Alexandria has the resources they need to learn and thrive by volunteering with multiple organizations that give back to local students. He is a founding member and president of Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue, which works with local schools and charitable organizations to provide school supplies, backpacks, hair cuts, and winter coats to in-need children. He’s also a local coordinator for Toys for Tots, which hosts a toy drive every year.

    Bailey also supports ensuring higher education is affordable and accessible to all. He is a founding board member of Educational Opportunities for Alexandrians, which is a non-profit that funds scholarships for Alexandrians whose immigration status prevents them from receiving financial assistance in higher education. The organization works closely with the city council and the school board to identify and support these students. He will work to ensure that every student in Alexandria is able to achieve their goals beyond high school.

    As a graduate of ​​T.C. Williams High School, Bailey cites the districts’ teachers and coaches as influential to his success. Accordingly, he will serve as a strong advocate for teachers on the school board. He was endorsed by the Alexandria Teachers’ Union, which represents the district’s teachers. He understands the high levels of responsibility placed on teachers and will work to ensure teachers will receive fair compensation and benefits, as well as the support and resources they need to be successful. While on City Council, he was most proud of his votes to increase funding for schools.

    Due to his support for access to housing, school supplies, and higher education, as well his support for teachers, Willie Bailey is a progressive choice in this race.

Other Candidates

Candidate Aloysius “Ish” Boyle is an ACPS parent and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who currently works in cybersecurity. His top priority while running for school board is ensuring that students are able to safely attend in-person classes five days a week, as he believes virtual learning has led to decreased academic performance in students. He also supports increased accountability for the superintendent, increased transparency on the school board, and more parent input.

Candidate Deanna “D” Ohlandt is an ACPS parent and former college professor and special education inclusion aide. Ohlandt supports increased opportunities for parent communication. She also would like to see more community involvement in schools, including opportunities for mentorship and field trips. Additionally, she supports competitive pay and benefits to recruit and retain high-quality teachers.