Virginia voted yesterday, and the results are in!
Alexandria vice-mayor Justin Wilson has beaten Allison Silberberg with 53% of the vote in Virginia's Tuesday primary, and is virtually certain to win in the general election in the fall. Greater Greater Washington endorsed Wilson as a clear supporter of urbanism on the council over Silberberg, who has been much more skeptical of change.
In the crowded 12-way race for six council seats, the leaders are Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, John Chapman (incumbent), Mo Seifeldein, Canek Aguirre, “Del” Pepper (incumbent), and Amy Jackson. We endorsed Bennett-Parker, Chapman, Seifeldein, and Pepper.
Our other two endorsees, Dak Hardwick and Paul Smedberg, came in eighth and ninth. Smedberg is an incumbent, as is Willie Bailey, who has the seventh-most votes. Did the council's controversial step to secretly cut an entrance from the Potomac Yard station, then tell residents only once it was too late to reverse course, weigh on voters' minds?
In Arlington, GGWash-endorsed Matt De Ferranti will be the Democratic nominee to face Independent incumbent John Vihstadt in the fall.
In the 10th Congressional District, state senator Jennifer Wexton will take on vulnerable Republican Barbara Comstock. GGWash supported Wexton. Also in federal offices, Republicans selected Corey Stewart, a member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, an unabashed supporter of Trump-ism, and a defender of Confederate memorials in Virginia, to face incumbent Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.
Now for our election links!
The progressive vs the pragmatist: Another week, another progressive vs. pragmatist take on the DC Council chair race. (Jeffrey Anderson / District Dig) ... Both candidates talk housing, with a focus on regulatory tweaks, subsidies, and inclusionary zoning. Neither candidate says much of anything about the supply of market-rate housing. Transportation does not come up. (Fenit Nirappil / Post)
Housing debate in Ward 6: Ward 6 candidates respond to follow-up questions about housing, education and childcare, immigration, justice, transportation, social issues, statehood, and employment that they did not have time to cover at a recent forum. Bekesha and Allen are pro TOPA reforms, while Hunter is against. All three candidates signal support to step up enforcement against dreaded pop ups (though all are a bit vague here). Allen supports the specific tax increases put in place to fund Metro, while Bekesha and Hunter do not. (Andrew Lightman / Hill Rag)
How do the candidates walk?: All Walks DC sent a survey to all registered 2018 DC candidates asking them questions about autonomous vehicles, traffic speeds, automated camera enforcement of traffic violations, right turn on red, walkability, and more. The pedestrian advocacy organization put totgether scorecards for candidates in each DC race. Of those covered, Ed Lazere and Jeremiah Lowery received the highest marks. (All Walks DC)
Ervin drops out: Valerie Ervin, the former running mate to deceased Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz, planned to run in Kamenetz' stead, but now will drop out and has endorsed Rushern Baker. (Ovetta Wiggins / Post)
Hogan kicks off campaign: Larry Hogan kicked off his campaign for reelection this last week, highlighting his popularity and bipartisan achievements and warning about Democrats taking the state backwards. Rushern Baker believes that move forward, the state must boost funding for public education, embrace a $15 minimum wage, revive the Red Line in Baltimore, and increase its investments in environmentalism. Dave Chappelle makes a cameo, stumping for his friend Ben Jealous. (Ovetta Wiggins, Rachel Chason, Arelis Hernández / Post)
Baker and Jealous still neck-and-neck: New polls reinforce some old news: Rushern Baker and Ben Jealous remain ahead of the pack in a close race with a lot of undecided voters that have not put much thought into who they will be voting for. (Scott Clement / Post)
Montgomery County candidates on highway expansions: Questionnaires show which candidates for office in Montgomery County are on the record for, against, or equivocal on various highway expansion projects. (Our questionnaires also asked similar questions). (Adam Pagnucco / Seventh State)
Affordable housing plans in Montgomery County: Five of seven candidates running for Montgomery County outlined their plans to address the local housing shortage at a candidates’ forum last week. Elrich wants to increase the moderately priced dwelling unit requirement from 12 percent to 15 percent in eligible developments. He would also tax housing development to fund schools and transportation investments. Krasnow and Flicker support the development of more accessory dwelling units. Berliner would lobby for more state and federal funding and would encourage development on land that is currently set aside for parking near Metro. Levanthal would work with the religious community to develop affordable housing on their land. (Andrew Metcalf / Bethesda Beat)
Glass houses: Evan Glass, who is running for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council, proposes increasing investment in the Housing Initiative Fund to rehab more older units, expanding partnerships that spur affordable housing (such as turning over land to the faith community to develop as affordable housing), and modestly increasing the requirement for moderately prived development units in new buildings. Glass does not outline plans for increasing market-rate housing supply as a part of his efforts to ease the housing crunch. (Evan Glass / Maryland Matters)