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2018 Virginia Election

In 2018, registered Alexandria voters will be called upon to cast their votes for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th Congressional District, Alexandria Mayor and six other at-large members of the City Council.  Here are the declared candidates for those offices (click on their hyperlinked names to see their campaign websites, if available).

U.S. Senate

Timothy Kaine (D).  Current U.S. Senator (since 2013).  Former Democratic Party nominee for U.S. Vice President (2016), Chairman of the Democratic National Party (2009-11), 70th Virginia Governor (2006-10), 38th Virginia Lieutenant Governor (2002-06), 76th Mayor of Richmond (1998-2001), member of the Richmond City Council (1994-2001), attorney.  Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, raised in Kansas City, resides in Richmond.  Senator Kaine, the incumbent, is completing his first six-year term in office.

Nicholas “Nick” Freitas (R).  Current Member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 30th District (since 2016).  Former Chairman of the Culpeper County Republican Committee, U.S. Army Special Forces.  Born in Chico, California, resides in Culpeper.  The 30th District includes Madison and Orange Counties in the southern part of Culpeper County.  Mr. Freitas is a self-professed libertarian.  The Washington Post ran a brief story on Mr. Freitas on December 9, 2017.

Earl Walker "E.W." Jackson (R).  Current Christian minister and attorney.  Former Republican Party nominee for Virginia Lieutenant Governor (2013), GOP candidate for U.S. Senate from Virginia (2012), U.S. Marine Corps, long-time member of the Democratic Party.  Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, resides in Chesapeake.

Mr. Jackson is the founder and current president of Staying True To America's National Destiny.  STAND's mission is to "unite Americans as one nation under God for the preservation and defense of our Judeo-Christian heritage and values, Constitution, free market economy, national security and the freedom of every citizen."  He is also the founder and pastor of The Called Church in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Mr. Jackson served in the U.S. Marine Corps, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston, earned a law degree from Harvard Law School, practiced law in Boston for many years, and studied theology at Harvard Divinity SchoolThe Washington Post ran a profile on Mr. Jackson on December 5, 2017.

Ivan Raiklin (R).  Current businessman and attorney.  Former U.S. Army Special Forces.  Born in New York, resides in Arlington.  Mr. Raiklin's family emigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union in the 1970s before his birth.  He is either fluent or conversant in several languages.  Recently, he gained notoriety by jogging an average of 22 miles a day -- what he describes as a "1776-mile journey of a lifetime" -- to bring awareness to suicide among military veterans and his budding U.S. Senate campaign.  His top issues are veterans, jobs and the economy, and national security.

Corey Stewart (R).  Current Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors (since 2006), attorney.  Former GOP candidate for Virginia Governor (2017), Virginia Campaign Chairman for Donald Trump (2016), GOP candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor (2013), Occoquan District Supervisor (2003-06).  Born in Duluth, Minnesota, resides in Woodbridge.

In the 2013 general election, Mr. Stewart was the Republican Party candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor.  He received nearly 43 percent of the vote in his unsucessful effort against Ralph Northam, the Democratic Party candidate who won the election.  In the 2017 primary election, Mr. Stewart sought the GOP nomination for Virginia Governor.  Again, he received nearly 43 percent of the vote in his unsuccessful effort against Ed Gillespie, who went on to lose the general elecction against Ralph Northam, the sitting Lieutenant Governor and Democratic Party nominee for Governor.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Stewart served as a Virginia state campaign co-chairman for then candidate and now President Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  However, on October 11, 2016, the day after the second presidential debate in St. Louis, the Trump campaign fired Mr. Stewart for supporting a grass-roots protest rally against GOP leaders and "establishment pukes" held earlier in the day in front of the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  According to his published comments in the press, Mr. Stewart felt that certain folks within the national party were sabotaging Mr. Trump's campaign and spending campaign money raised in Virginia on down-ticket races in other states to the disadvantage of Virginia's Republicans.  Shortly after the Trump campaign fired him, Mr. Stewart's arch-political nemesis, Ken Cuccinelli, removed him from the list of Virginia's 49 bound delegates to the GOP national convention.

In an October 15, 2016 article, the Washington Post theorized that Mr. Stewart's firing by the Trump campaign helped him to disengage from what he saw as Mr. Trump's losing effort for the presidency, and would ultimately help him with his long-planned gubernatorial campaign in 2017.  One has to question both Mr. Stewart's tactics and the Post's conclusions since Mr. Trump won the 2016 presidential election, former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus served as President Trump's first chief of staff, and Mr. Stewart loss the 2017 primary election against Mr. Gillespie.

A Minnesota native, Mr. Stewart's signature issue is illegal immigration, which he strongly opposes.  On August 25, 2016, the Washington Post published a profile on Mr. Stewart, calling him Donald Trump's "combative Mini-Me in Virginia."  That's one of the nicer quotes from the story.

Mr. Stewart is a known political provocateur who stakes out controversial positions to generate media attention and publicity.  During his 2017 campaign, he asserted that he is more Trump than Trump, said he wanted to preserve all Confederate monuments and symbols in the state, vowed to crack-down on both illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities, ran as an anti-establishment outsider even though he is a perennial office-seeker, benefited from low turnout among Republican primary voters, and drew broad support throughout the state.  Shortly after he failed to secure the 2017 GOP nomination for governor, Mr. Stewart announced that in 2018 he planned to seek the U.S. Senate seat now held by Mr. Kaine.

Mr. Stewart was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota (the Mitchell Hamline School of Law since 2015).

Ron Wallace (R).  Former CEO of SOFTEL, candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois (2016). Resides in Virginia Beach.  Mr. Wallace anounced his plan to enter this race in early December 2017 that he was preparing to enter the U.S. Senate.  (No campaign website.)

Matt Waters (Libertarian).  Current non-profit and political fundraiser.  Born in Newport News, resides in Alexandria.

U.S. House of Representatives
(Virginia’s 8th Congressional District)

Donald Beyer (D).  Current U.S. Congressman (since 2015).  Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein (2009-13), Democratic Party nominee for Virginia Governor (1997), 36th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1990-98), businessman.   Born in Trieste, Italy, raised in Washington, D.C., resides in Alexandria.

Mr. Beyer was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014.  He is a successful local businessman, a former two-term Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1990-98) under Democratic Governor Doug Wilder (1990-94) and Republican Governor George Allen (1994-98), and a former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein for then President Barrack Obama.

When he first ran for election to Congress, Mr. Beyer was considered the establishment Democratic Party candidate to succeed long-serving Democratic Congressman Jim Moran in a contested election. 

In his first re-election effort in 2016, Mr. Beyer did not face a primary opponent and defeated Republican Party candidate Charles Hernick with more than 68 percent of the vote.  During the last election, the Washington Post published a profile on Mr. Beyer on October 24, 2016, and the Alexandria Times ran a story on Mr. Beyer on October 27, 2016.

Mr. Beyer was born in Trieste, Italy (where his father, a U.S. Army officer, was on deployment), raised in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School and Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Thomas Oh (R).  Current U.S. government contractor, U.S. Army Reserve.  Former U.S. Army officer.  Born in western Fairfax County, resides in Alexandria.  (No campaign website.)

Alexandria Mayor

Allison Silberberg (D).   Current Mayor of Alexandria (since 2016).   Former Vice Mayor of Alexandria and member of the Alexandria City Council (2012-15), professional writer.   Born in Dallas, Texas, resides in the Parkfairfax neighborhood of Alexandria.

Justin Wilson (D).   Current Vice Mayor of Alexandria (since 2016), member of the Alexandria City Council (2007-09 and since 2012), Senior Director of Vendor & Contract Management with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).  Resides in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Alexandria City Council (6 Seats)

Willie Bailey (D).  Current member of the Alexandria City Council (since 2016), Battalion Chief of Community Public Affairs & Outreach for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.  Former U.S. Army.  Born in Richmond, resides in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

John Chapman (D).  Current Member of the Alexandria City Council (since 2012), Community Use Program Specialist for the Fairfax County Public Schools, educator, small business owner.  Former President of the Alexandria Virginia NAACP.  Born and raised in Alexandria, resides in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria.

Redella “Del” Pepper (D). Current member of the Alexandria City Council (since 1985).  Former Vice Mayor of Alexandria (1996-97, 2003-09), social worker.  Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, resides in Alexandria’s West End.

Paul Smedberg (D).  Current member of the Alexandria City Council (since 2003).  Born and raised in Connecticut, resides in Old Town.

Canek Aguirre (D).  Current community advocate, Chairman of the Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission, President of the Tenants and Workers United Board of Directors, Vice Chairman of the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia Board of Directors, member of the Leadership Council for the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, member of the Steering Committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, resides in Alexandria’s West End.

Dak Hardwick (D).  Current Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association.  Former member of the Alexandria Budget & Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Alexandria Democratic Committee (2012-13).  Resides in Alexandria’s West End.

Chris Hubbard (D).  Current owner of an Alexandria architecture and planning firm.  (No campaign website.)

Matt Feely (D).  Current adjunct professor at Columbia University.  Former U.S. Naval officer. Resides in Alexandria.

Amy Jackson (D).  Current community activist.  Former educator with the Fairfax County Public Schools.  Born, raised and resides in Alexandria’s West End.

Robert Ray (D).  Current furniture conservationist and owner of Cavalier Antiques.  Born, raised and resides in Old Town.

Mo Seifeldein (D).  Current attorney.  Born in Sudan, raised in Virginia, resides in Alexandria.

Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D). Current Co-Director of Together We Bake, Founder of Fruitcycle.  Born in Alexandria to two U.S. Navy officers, resides in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria.

Kevin Dunne (R).  Founder of Logos Risk Management, member of the Alexandria Beautification Commission.  Resident of Alexandria.

Timothy Lovain (D), an attorney and former Coast Guard officer who has served on the Alexandria City Council from 2006-09 and since 2012, is not running for re-election.

U.S. Senators Who Also Served As Virginia Governors

James Monroe (1790-94).  He was also the 5th U.S. President (1817-25), the 7th U.S. Secretary of State (1811-17), the 8th U.S. Secretary of War (1814-15), the 12th and 16th Governor of Virginia (1799-02 and 1811), and U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom (1803-07) and France (1794-96).

James Barbour (1815-25).  He was also the 11th U.S. Secretary of War (1825-28), the 18th Governor of Virginia (1812-14), the 14th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates (1809-12), and U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom (1828-29).

John Tyler (1827-36).  He was also the 10th U.S. President (1841-45), the 10th U.S. Vice President (1841), and the 23rd Governor of Virginia (1825-27).

Harry Byrd Sr. (1933-65).  He was also the 50th Governor of Virginia (1926-30).

Chuck Robb (1989-01).  He was also the 64th Governor of Virginia (1982-86), and the 33rd Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1978-82).

George Allen (2001-07).  He was also the 67th Governor of Virginia (1994-98).

Mark Warner (2009-present).  He was also the 69th Governor of Virginia (2002-06).

Tim Kaine (2013-present).  He was also the 70th Governor of Virginia (2006-10) and 38th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (2002-06).


2018 Virginia Election Calendar

Candidate filing deadline, March 29, 2018

Primary Election, June 12, 2018
Registration Deadline, May 21, 2018

General Election, November 6, 2018
Registration Deadline, October 15, 2018

Register to Vote

Click here to register to vote or update your existing state voter registration information at the Virginia Department of Elections' website.

Sample Ballot

When available, please click here to view a specimen 2018 primary election ballot and click here to view a speciment of the 2018 general election ballot for most Alexandrians who live in Old Town.

Absentee Ballots and In-Person Absentee Voting

Click here to access the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form and Instructions.

As an alternative to voting by absentee ballot by mail, you can vote by in-person absentee voting at the City of Alexandria Office of Voter Registration and Elections, located 8 blocks from Watergate at 132 North Royal Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.  If you cannot vote in person at the polling place on election day, in-person absentee voting at the local election office is the easiest and best option.

Election Day Voting Precinct

Our election day polling location is the Ladrey Senior Building, located three blocks from Watergate at 300 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, which will be open for voting from 6:00 am until 7:00 pm on election days.


Tim Kaine
Nick Freitas
E.W. Jackson
Ivan Raiklin
Corey Stewart
Ron Wallace
Matt Waters
Don Beyers
Thomas Oh
Allison Silberberg
Justin Wilson
Willie Bailey

John Chapman
Del Pepper
Paul Smedberg
Canek Aguirre
Dak Hardwick
Chris Hubbard
Matt Feeley
Amy Jackson
Robert Ray
Mo Seifeldein
Elizabeth Bennett-Parker
Kevin Dunne

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