The caption accompanying another photograph incorrectly identified the woman in the photograph as Dumfries Mayor Martha Black. The woman in the photograph was Eleanor Gum, who became acting mayor when Black resigned recently. The caption accompanying a photograph in last week's Virginia Weekly incorrectly identified attorney Gene Lange as an Alexandria councilman. Lange is one of 14 candidates for City Council in the May 4 municipal election. CAPTION: Picture 1, Alexandria Mayor Charles Beatley Jr., running for reelection, answers questions before a packed house during a recent Del Ray candidates' night. By JOHN M. TAYLOR for the Washington Post; Picture 2, Alexandria Councilman Gene Lange chats with Laurie Trusty during a neighborhood canvass with campaign worker Sheff Richey. By JOEL RICHARDSON--The Washington Post; Picture 3, Manassas Mayor Edgar Rohr, who's running unopposed for reelection, still stocks penny candy in his 5-cent to $1 variety store in town. By HARRY NALTCHAYAN--The Washington Post; Picture 4, Haymarket Mayor Muriel Gilbertson, unopposed for reelection, says she wants to finish the job she started when elected seven years ago. By JOEL RICHARDSON--The Washington Post; Picture 5, Alexandria City Council candidate Janet Wilson discusses the issue of condominium conversions with Beatrice McConnell and Helen Eckerson, both residents of the Washington House retirement home, during a candidates' night gathering. By JOHN M. TAYLOR for The Washington Post
Democrat Mark Pestronk says he's "white wined and Bried out." Carlyle C. Ring, an incumbent Republican, has a hole in the sole of his shoe.
And stockbroker James P. Moran Jr., an incumbent Democrat, says he's been away from his office so much the past few months that he hasn't made enough money to pay his mortgage.
It's Campaign 1982 in Alexandria, and less than two weeks of stumping remain for these three City Council candidates. They are among 16 candidates for office in Alexandria this year--14 contenders for six at-large seats on the City Council and two candidates for mayor.
The candidates have spent hundreds of hours the past few months at candidates' nights, canvassing door-to-door and at neighborhood "coffees" to woo the votes of the city's 45,635 voters registered for the May 4 municipal election.
"I work full time and I do nothing else but campaign," said Republican council candidate Janet M. Wilson. "I canvass door-to-door almost every night for an hour and keep a map of where I've been. I go to lots of meetings and candidates' nights. Evenings, I'm up late writing personal thank-you notes and drinking lots of coffee."
"If you're not out campaigning," said Democratic council candidate Richard B. Leibach, "you're on the phone trying to raise money."
"At night I'm sitting up filling out all the questionnaires that have been sent to each candidate," said Democratic council candidate Patricia S. "Patsy" Ticer. "There have been candidates' questionnaires from the League of Women Voters, Port Packet, the Gazette and the EAA Education Association of Alexandria . I feel like I'm back in school."
And as the election date nears, the candidates have peppered Alexandria with placards, plastered car bumpers with campaign slogans and given away dozens of "just sew you'll remember" sewing kits (from Republican council candidate Robert M. Gardner) and back scratchers (from Independent council candidate Nicholas A. Colasanto).
The newest campaign items this year, though, are big three-inch stickers bearing the candidates' names, generally cheaper than the more traditional metal campaign buttons. Ring, Pestronk and incumbent Republican councilwoman Margaret B. "Marlee" Inman are handing these out as is Mayor Charles E. Beatley Jr., who's running for reelection. "I recycle my stickers six or eight times," said Beatley. "I just take them off my jacket after an event and put them back on the wax paper until I need them again."
Most council candidates say they expect to spend $8,000 to $12,000--incumbents somewhat less--campaigning for a job that pays $10,000 a year. Many of the six Republicans, six Democrats and two Independents (Colasanto and Bruce T. Adkins) are working 25 to 50 hours a week on their campaigns. In addition to their own events, many attend special interest group gatherings--things like the American Legion's dinner for the elderly, a T.C. Williams government class, the Alexandria Condominium Association candidates' night and a meeting with a group of citizens concerned about cuts in services to the handicapped.
"The pressure is tremendous," said incumbent Democratic councilman Donald C. Casey. "I look at my calendar for the next three weeks and there is no room left--and amongst it all, I have a law practice to keep going."
While Casey plans to work almost full time through the end of the campaign, other council candidates, such as Republican attorney Gene C. Lange and Democrat Pestronk, also a lawyer, say they plan to take some time off near the end for a final blitz.
While campaigning, Alexandria candidates seem to concentrate on three types of forums:
* First, the candidates' nights, mass gatherings of candidates with from 20 to several hundred voters in attendance. "These events give us a great deal of needed exposure," said Democratic council candidate Lionel R. Hope. In a church basement in Del Ray last week, the local citizens association held such an event and more than 200 people and all 16 candidates showed up.
* Then the "coffees." In candidates lingo, these are small gatherings in people's homes for a handful of their friends to meet a candidate. Coffee is optional and is more often than not replaced by Chablis, say candidates. But the food and drink is more for the voters than the candidates. "Cookies don't vote," said current Vice Mayor Robert L. Calhoun, the Republican candidate for mayor. "While you're busy eating, someone may walk out the door." Calhoun said he generally doesn't eat at these functions and normally loses 10 to 15 pounds on the campaign trail.
* And then the door-to-door canvassing, to drop off brochures and answer questions. "People ask questions about anything from boats to taxes," said Republican council candidate William M. Glasgow Jr.
Campaign styles are as varied as the candidates' positions on taxes and housing.
"I prefer the more compact meetings where you can actually talk to people in a room environment--maybe 25 to 35 people," said Beatley. "I think a candidates' meeting can be rather combative and is not as good in bringing out the individual."
Moran, who prefers door-to-door and telephone campaigning, said he thinks most "coffees" are "a waste of time. Twelve people usually show up," he said. "Ten people you know and then two who are married to them."
And Casey says he doesn't put stock in door-to-door efforts. "The Republicans try to canvass the whole city and it doesn't do them that much good," he said.
But the Republican candidates, who have been meeting as a group twice weekly to canvass different neighborhoods, disagree.
"The grass-roots, door-to-door campaign is the foundation of everything we do," said Gail Blachly, press secretary for the Republican joint campaign. "We're kind of like Avis: We're the smaller party so we try harder. Often, if you meet the candidate, you'll vote for him."
Most candidates expect a good turnout May 4, perhaps larger than the 16,925 people who voted in 1979. "The best feeling in the world comes on the Monday before election when you suddenly realize that there is nothing you can do and just sit back and wait for it," said Casey.
Gardener probably would agree. "I don't like campaigning," he said. "I'd rather be doing the job."