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Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) Hosts First Mayoral Debate Tonight

NBC4’s Julie Carey to Moderate Forum at Mount Vernon Community School

The Del Ray Business Association will host a Del Ray Community Mayoral Debate on Wed., May 2, moderated by NBC News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey.   The debate will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Community School Auditorium, located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave.  The debate is open to all.

Both City of Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg and Vice Mayor Justin Wilson will take questions submitted by Del Ray residents and small-business owners, and selected by the moderator.  During the 90-minute debate, each candidate will have the opportunity for opening and closing statements; as determined by a coin toss, Silberberg will go first.

“We look forward to a robust, wide-ranging discussion of the issues affecting those who live, work, or own small businesses in Del Ray,” said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. “There are few Alexandria residents who know the challenges facing our city and region better than Julie Carey.  We’re thrilled that she will lead this important debate.”

Carey, the Northern Virginia Bureau Chief for NBC News4, has covered Northern Virginia since joining the station in 1992. She has covered the governor, the general assembly, and every statewide election since 1993, and frequently moderates debates for local elections across the region.

A live stream of the debate will also be available on The Zebra Press’ Facebook page, at

The Del Ray Business Association is comprised of the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, serving as an advocate, representative, and educator.  For more information, visit


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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