By Allison Hageman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Three candidates filed their paperwork to run for Alexandria’s City Council this week, after two city council members announced they would not be running for re-election, according to Angela Turner, director of elections and general registrar.
The candidates will be running for the June 8 Democratic primary ahead of the general election in November.
The city council candidates are Abdel-Rahman Elnoubi, Alvia Gaskins, and Richard Kirk McPike. Elnoubi is an engineering project Manager at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and vice-chair and precinct captain of the Alexandria Democrats. Gaskins is a member of the Alexandria Transportation Commission and Agenda Alexandria, and McPike is chief of staff to Congressman Mark Takano.
With two current council members – Councilor Del Pepper and Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker – announcing they will not seek reelection, the race for council is wide open. Pepper announced last year she would not be running for reelection, after spending 36 years on council. Bennett-Parker announced this past week that she has her eyes set on the Virginia House of Representatives and the 45th District seat, occupied by Del. Mark Levine, who announced he is running for lieutenant governor.