ALEXANDRIA, VA – Last night the Alexandria Democratic Committee (ADC) held a virtual straw poll which showed incumbent Mayor Justin Wilson on top against challenger Allison Silberberg capturing 56.2% (226 votes) to 43.8% (176 votes) with 3.6% (19) of the votes held in abstention.
The ADC has almost 400 members and traditionally conducts these polls in person amongst the participants in the room of the regular ADC meeting, but because of the pandemic the unofficial tally was held virtually, and for free, allowing anyone to vote. Welcoming the audience ADC Chairman Clarence Tong said, “Just before the event, I learned over 500 people had registered for this event, making it our largest straw poll ever.”
The 15 Democratic candidates running for office, Mayor (2) and City Council (13), each had an opportunity to address the registered participants during a ZOOM presentation, whereby each was given a specific amount of time to speak. To watch the whole program, and hear the candidate statements, click here.
“As a reminder, this is not a scientific poll and these results are not to be considered an endorsement of the Alexandria Democratic Committee to any candidate,” stated the ADC in a social media post announcing the results.
The Democratic primary is officially on June 8, but ballots will be mailed starting April 23, 2021 (and voters can request a mail ballot until May 28, 2021) and in-person early voting starts on April 23 at the Alexandria Voter Registration Office, 132 North Royal Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional satellite voting locations will be established.
After the vote on June 8, the winner in the Mayor’s race will face the Republican candidate, Annetta Catchings.
For more information, including details about how to track your mail-in ballot, click here.