By Alexandria Times staff
With 100 percent of results in, Mayor-Elect Justin Wilson won 92.73 percent of the vote.
The final totals of council candidates, from greatest to least, is as follows (incumbents are denoted with *):
- Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, 16.27 percent (Vice Mayor-elect)
- Amy B. Jackson, 14.67 percent
- John Chapman*, 13.94 percent
- Del Pepper*, 13.5 percent
- Canek Aguirre, 12.83 percent
- Mo Seifeldein, 12.64 percent
The final totals of School Board candidates is as follows:
- Michelle Rief, 22.45 percent
- Jacinta Greene, 19.24 percent
- Christopher Suarez, 17.56 percent
- Veronica Nolan, 28.02 percent
- Cindy Anderson, 23.98 percent
- Margaret Lorber, 23.43 percent
- Heather Thornton, 25.66 percent
- Meagan Lorraine Alderton, 23.40 percent
- Ramee A. Gentry*, 17.55 percent
Update: 11 p.m.
With about 97 percent of results in and 28 out of 29 precincts reporting, Elizabeth Bennett-Parker won the most votes of any council candidate, thus cinching the vice mayor role, with 16.32 percent of the vote.
Amy Jackson won the second most votes, with 14.7 percent of the vote, followed by incumbent John Chapman with 14 percent of the vote. Incumbent Del Pepper received 13.53 percent of the vote, followed by Canek Aguirre with 12.82 and Mo Seifeldein with 12.56 percent.
Democratic nominee Justin Wilson, who was running unopposed, was elected mayor with 92.04 percent of the vote.
“We’re going to have a very different council in January, which I think is exciting. You know, we’ve got new ideas, new focuses and it’ll be fun. I’m excited,” Wilson said at Alexandria Democrats’ Watch Party on Tuesday night.
Bennett-Parker, a first-time candidate, said her grassroots campaign translated into a high voter turnout. She also received the biggest share of votes during the Democratic Primary.
“In the primary I worked really hard. … I did in the past few months as well. I personally knocked on the doors of more than 5,000 voters and my team did 20,000 so our team worked hard to get our message out and I think that message resonated with a lot of people,” Bennett-Parker said at the watch party.
In School Board A, with 11 out of 12 precincts reporting, Michelle Rief, Jacinta Greene and Christopher Suarez appeared to win seats. Rief had a sizeable lead with 22.26 percent of the vote, besting Greene’s 19.48 percent and Suarez’ 17.19 percent by several points. The only incumbent running for reelection, Bill Campbell, lost his bid, winning 11.96 percent of the vote.
In District B, with 10 out of 11 precincts reporting, incumbent Veronica Nolan won 28.35 percent of the vote, followed by fellow incumbents Cindy Anderson with 24 percent and incumbent Margaret Lorber with 23.48 percent.
With seven out of eight precincts reporting in District C, Heather Thornton had 25.69 percent of the vote, Meagan Alderton with 23.10 percent and incumbent Ramee Gentry with 17 percent of the vote.
Update: 9:30 p.m.
Democratic mayoral nominee Justin Wilson officially won the mayoral race on Tuesday night with 92.04 percent of the vote with 28 out of 29 precincts reporting. About 3,747 voters wrote in candidates in the mayor race.
And with about 87 percent of precincts reporting, Elizabeth Bennett-Parker was leading with 16.32 percent of the vote, followed by Amy Jackson with 14.70 percent, John Chapman with 13.90 percent, Del Pepper with 13.48 percent, Mo Seifeldein with 12.53 percent and Canek Aguirre with 12.50 percent. Republican candidate Kevin Dunne had 6.25 percent of the vote, while fellow Republican Michael Clinkscale had 4.72 percent of the vote. Independent Mark Shiffer had 4.50 percent of the vote.
In the School Board District A race, with 75 percent of precincts reporting, Michelle Rief led the race with 21.72 percent of the vote, followed by Jacinta Greene and Chris Suarez. Marc Solomon had 16.10 percent of the vote, followed by Christopher Harris and incumbent Bill Campbell.
In School Board District B, with 90 percent of precincts reporting, Veronica Nolan led with 28.35 percent of the vote, incumbent Cindy Anderson with 24 percent and Margaret Lorber with 23.48 percent.
In District C, with 75 percent of precincts reporting, Heather Thornton led with 25.63 percent of the vote, followed by Meagan Alderton with 23.06 and incumbent Ramee Gentry with 17.88 percent of the vote. John E. Lennon had 17.59 percent of the vote, followed by Dianara Saget with 15.01 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine won reelection handily in Alexandria with just under 80 percent of the vote. Rep. Don Beyer won the city with 72.59 percent of the vote, besting challenger Thomas Oh.
Update: 8:25 p.m.
As of shortly after 8 p.m., all Democrats were ahead in the city council race, with candidates Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Amy Jackson, John Chapman, Del Pepper, Mo Seifeldein and Canek Aguirre leading. Republican Kevin Dunne was the leading non-Democratic candidate, with 6.42 percent of the vote, while Republican Michael Clinkscale had 4.87 percent. Independent Mark Shiffer was slightly above Clinkscale, with 4.95 percent. Democratic mayoral nominee Justin Wilson had 88.82 percent of the vote, with 11.18 percent write-ins.
Michelle Rief led in the District A School Board race with three out of 12 precincts reporting, with 23.30 percent of the vote, followed by Jacinta Greene and Christopher Suarez. Marc Solomon had 16.59 percent of the vote, followed by Christopher Harris and incumbent Bill Campbell.
Veronica Nolan led in District B with 28.38 percent of the vote with two out of 11 precincts reporting, followed by incumbent Margaret Lorber with 24.70 percent of the vote and fellow incumbent Cindy Anderson with 22.94 percent of the vote.
Preliminary results show that Meagan Alderton is in the lead in District C with 24.84 percent of the vote and one precinct out of eight reporting, followed by Heather Thornton and John E. Lennon.
Despite rainy conditions, turnout is high so far in the city as residents head to the polls to vote in the Midterm Election.
Ran into some very wet friends at @MacArthurACPS ! Steady turnout all over our City! Our voters don’t let a little rain scare them away. pic.twitter.com/NFgo13mn5B
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) November 6, 2018
The City of Alexandria reported that as of noon on Tuesday 42,455 voters, or 45 percent of voters, had cast their ballots, up from 36 percent at the same time in last year’s election.
Earlier, the city said in its 10 a.m. update that 36 percent of voters, or 33,583 voters in all, had cast ballots, up significantly from 29 percent in the 2017 election.
Tuesday’s election in Alexandria will decide the mayor, as well as all members of city council and all nine members of the Alexandria School Board. Democratic nominee Vice Mayor Justin Wilson is running unopposed for mayor, while six Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent candidate are running for council. A total of 16 candidates are running to represent school board districts A, B and C.
Alexandrians are also voting in the Virginia U.S. Senate race, where incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (D) is running against challenger Corey A. Stewart (R), and the U.S. House of Representatives race, where incumbent Rep. Don Beyer (D) is running against challenger Thomas Oh (R).
Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will be open until 7 p.m. this evening. Read all of the Times election coverage regarding city council, school board and the mayoral race here and find out more about voting in the city here. The city is expected to release a final update at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Times will update this post throughout the day as election results come in.