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Letter to the Editor: Fannon on the City Council Election

Frank Fannon says it has been an honor and a privilege to serve on Alexandria City Council.

To the editor,

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your City Councilman since July 2009. Unfortunately that will come to an end on December 31, 2012, as the votes did not go my way in Tuesday's election.

While the outcome was not what we had hoped, I have been so fortunate over the past 3.5 years to serve the citizens of Alexandria. I have met so many kind and wonderful people from all walks of life in every part of our City over the past few years. I am grateful to the hundreds of campaign donors and volunteers who worked tirelessly on the campaign over the past six months.

Despite the ongoing enthusiasm and energetic campaign, the numbers were too much to overcome. The shift from the traditional 15 percent voter turnout for local elections to an 80 percent voter turnout for the presidential race had a heavy impact on the local results. In May 2009, 7,000 votes was enough to win a Council seat and even though over 25,000 Alexandrians supported my candidacy on Tuesday, that was still 4,500 short of victory.

Alexandria is an incredible city and will always be my home. Even though I will not have a seat at City Hall next year, I will continue to work, as I have for the over the past 20 years, to make Alexandria a better place to call home.

Congratulations to Mayor Euille, Vice Mayor Silberberg and the rest of the new City Council. My prayers and best wishes are with them as they make decisions that will shape our future.

Frank Fannon
Alexandria City Councilman

pvogel November 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
we need good people to run like Frank, because even when he loses, it keeps the winners on their toes.
Kerry Donley November 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Frank, congratulations to you for your term on City Council. It was a pleasure to serve with you, an elected official who always puts the City first. You should be proud of your service.
NoBS November 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Many Dems like Frank, myself included. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of him.
Kim Moore November 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Frank, Steve and I were stunned by th election results. We hope that you will stay involved in city business so that in a few years, we can bring back the Re-Elect Frank Fannon yard signs or plan for your State House efforts. Kim
NoBS November 17, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I was stunned that Alicia got more votes than Frank. As a Dem, even I thought Frank would retain his seat.

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