Bill Euille, Andrew Macdonald run for mayor of Alexandria

Two men who met on the playground as boys are battling it out on the campaign trail. They’re each running for mayor of Alexandria.

Alexandrians are really keeping a close watch on this race. Mayor Bill Euille is running for a fourth term. This is the first time the democrat is being challenged since assuming his post and the man running against him, he considers a friend.

Andrew Macdonald was elected as Euille’s Vice-Mayor in 2003.

“I just think there’s a time where you need to really change, some new ideas,” says Macdonald.

“I welcome the competition,” says Euille.

The two campaigned together almost a decade ago.

“He was elected on the ticket with me and my coattails in 2003,” says Euille. “Left the council after about a year.”

“I left to take care of family, to take care of my mother and now I’ve come back realizing that we’re at a very critical point... in Alexandria’s development,” says Macdonald.

Macdonald is now running as an independent. The Alexandria native spent much of his professional life teaching geology at George Mason and John’s Hopkins universities. He spent five years on the city council and has three priorities: empower citizens, rein in spending and better plan for future growth.

“You sit down and you say to the community all ideas are on the table,” says Macdonald. “We want your ideas. I think we need to analyze problems of development whether it be schools, Metro, parks in a much more long-term way.”

“The real difference that I tell folks in this campaign is leadership,” says Euille.

Mayor Bill Euille credits his ten years on the school board and 18 years on the city council. The past nine years he’s held the city’s highest office.

“We’ve made some huge strides in moving some big agenda items forward like the Waterfront plan, like the Potomac Yards, like bringing the Patent and Trademark headquarters to the city,” he says.

He also points out the Potomac Yards fire station with 64 affordable housing units on top, but admits more work is needed.

“We’ve been able to address and take care of the very poor, but it’s the folks in the middle, that’s a challenge,” he says.

And now it’s up to voters to decide who they trust will tackle all the city’s challenges best.

Polls close at 7 pm. Tuesday. Both men are staying positive, saying they’ve got what it takes to win.

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