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GOP Gains Seats in Alexandria

Sandhya Somashekhar

One Republican and an independent backed by the GOP won seats on the Alexandria City Council tonight. The six-member council has been the exclusive domain of Democrats since 2003.

Frank Fannon IV (R) and Alicia R. Hughes (I) succeeded even though the city went 72 percent for President Obama last year. It is just the latest Northern Virginia race in which Republicans outperformed expectations, giving hope to party leaders that they may yet take the governor's mansion in November despite two successive Democratic administrations.

"A lot of people in Alexandria thought there was no way Republicans can win," Fannon said. "The citizens of Alexandria are ready for a change--and not having a one-party system. People like to have options."

Fannon said winning along with Hughes was especially significant.

"To get anything discussed, you need to have a second vote. It was very important. If I were the only one up there, it could have been a lonely spot," Fannon said. Voters took the time look beyond party labels, he said.

"They didn't look necessarily at the party lines. We have a very smart citizenry here," Fannon said.

The other winners in the city council race were challenger Kerry J. Donley and incumbents K. Rob Krupicka, Redella S."Del" Pepper and Paul C. Smedberg, all Democrats.

(Staff Writer Michael Laris contributed to this post.)

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  May 5, 2009; 9:04 PM ET
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Great day for Alexandria as the stranglehold on the Council is finally broken. Good momentum as we start the push for November!

Posted by: DaveCheney | May 6, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

National Review Online posted a blog on Alexandria City Council results shortly after polls closed, characterizing the Fannon and Hughes victories as "a couple ripples of red in a deep blue community".
Now pan-handling hope from a local city council election is what time in the wilderness is about I suppose, but they would be better served if they could identify some ideas from such victories that might have national or even state-wide application.

Posted by: mmoran1 | May 6, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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