Alexandria Vice Mayor Justin Wilson soundly defeated Mayor Allison Silberberg in the fifth annual Alexandria Democratic Committee Straw Poll on Sunday night. The unofficial poll, which is held at the Port City Brewing Company, was a little different this year – last year included the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, but this year was full of local candidates running for mayor and city council.

Wilson won the straw poll with 143 votes to Silberberg’s 77 votes, but don’t let the results fool you. Silberberg placed dead last three years ago in the same poll before beating former mayors Bill Euille and Kerry Donley in the June primary.

City Councilor Willie Bailey led the pack of a dozen council candidates with 132 votes, followed by Councilor John Chapman with 131 votes, Elizabeth Bennet-Parker with 107 votes, Dak Hardwick with 105 votes, Canek Aguirre with 101 votes and Councilor Paul Smedberg with 100 votes. There are only six available seats on Council, and the other candidates that did not make the unofficial cut were longtime City Councilor Del Pepper with 74 votes, Amy Jackson with 64 votes, Mo Seifeldein with 52 votes, Robert Ray with 40 votes, Matt Feely with 36 votes and five votes for Chris Hubbard, who did not attend the event.

Read the full story in this week's Alexandria Gazette.

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