Monday, November 07, 2011

Finger in the Wind

Tomorrow is Election Day in Alexandria. Given Virginia's key position as a blue state in 2008, national political observers will be watching Commonwealth elections closely as a preview of things to come in 2012. Of immediate interest is whether the Virginia Senate, will go Republican and give the GOP complete control of the General Assembly.

Some of the state-level races for offices in our area are foregone conclusions and hence are complete yawners (i.e., David Englin in the House of Delegates and Adam Ebbin in the State Senate).

However, the local race to watch will be the one for Alexandria Circuit Court Clerk. Incumbent Democrat Ed Semonian — who is 77 years old — is facing his first challenge in 32 years from Chris Marston, former chairman of the Alexandria Republican City Committee.

City Democrats have been rallying fiercely around Mr. Semonian, perhaps sensing that the race for this position — not one that typically impacts most Alexandrians directly — will demonstrate whether general dissatisfaction among Alexandrians with BRAC, the waterfront and many other issues will translate into "throw the rascals out" momentum for the Council race in 2012.

The polls will be open from 6 am to 7 pm tomorrow.