Local Republican efforts to recruit candidates to challenge Democrats in the November elections are proving successful, according to party Chairman Pete Benavage. The Alexandria Republican City Committee (ARCC) held an information session via Zoom on March 6 to recruit local Republicans interested in running for office.
"Many attendees are motivated to run in what they view as a pivotal election year,” Benavage said. “Our session served to help them understand the process and how they need to proceed to formalize their candidacy.”
According to Benavage, “There is real opportunity for achieving some political diversity in Alexandria in 2021. Many Democrats and Republicans are dissatisfied with the … City Council's positions on a variety of issues including increasing housing density, rising property taxes, and recurring proposals to co-locate housing on public school property. Now there are proposals to unionize our city employees."
Linda App, President of the Commonwealth Republican Women’s Club (CRWC) in Alexandria, said, “ARCC put together an incredibly motivating information session. Speakers included former Vice Mayor Bill Cleveland and former City Councilman Frank Fannon. I’m thrilled to say that some CRWC members are among those considering a run in 2021, and others are planning to offer their services to the candidates’ campaigns.”
More information is available at www.AlexandriaCRWC.org.