Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille (D) has a $10,000 edge in campaign contributions for the November general election over an independent rival, Andrew Macdonald, but both candidates point out that the race has yet to truly heat up.
As of June 30, Euille raised $26,180 to Andrew Macdonald’s $16,798, according to reports from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. Many of the mayor’s contributions came from law firms, real estate concerns and retirees; much of Macdonald’s support from retirees active in the waterfront anti-development movement.
Neither candidate faced a primary opponent and the Republicans have not put up a challenger. Both declared candidates are spending money: Euille has $13,204 left in his accounts while Macdonald reported $8,072.
Euille said he expects to raise much more.
“We haven’t even begun yet,” he said Monday. “A lot of that was money left over from the previous campaign; we’ve had only one fundraiser. We’ll have more after Labor Day.”
Macdonald’s campaign treasurer said in a letter to the editor of a local weekly newspaper that the challenger started his campaign three months later than the incumbent, and in April through June, Macdonald outraised Euille three to one.
“During those three months alone, Macdonald raised more than $16,000 from 106 donors, while Mayor Euille took in slightly more than $5,000 from 41 donors,” Hugh Van Horn wrote.
Macdonald, a former Democrat, has called for two one-on-one televised debates with Euille, but hasn’t received a definite answer yet. Euille said his campaign was coordinating with the local Democratic committee, whose chairman Dak Hardwick said he’s more focused on the Sept. 4 special legislative election and is also working on setting up a City Council debate, where 12 people are vying for six seats.
Euille, a native Alexandrian who’s been mayor since 2003 and who is the first African American to hold that post in the city’s history, founded his own construction services firm in 1987. He served on the City Council from 1994 to 2003, and was on the city’s School Board from 1974 to 1984.
Macdonald, an Alexandrian since childhood, is best known recently for founding the Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan, which spent most of last year opposing the city’s redevelopment proposal for the Potomac River shoreline. Macdonald served on the City Council from 2003 to 2007. As the highest votegetter among council candidates in 2006, he became vice mayor, but left that office in mid-term. He later said he had to take care of his mother, who was ill and who died in February 2011.