William C. 'Bill' Cleveland (R)

Age: 57

Residence: Carlyle Towers.

Education: AAS, police science, Northern Virginia Community College; Vietnam veteran.

Occupation: Retired (2004) U.S. Capitol Police officer, 30 years.

Elected offices/civic activities: Vice mayor, Alexandria City Council, 2000-03; member, Alexandria City Council, 1994-2000; vice mayor, Alexandria City Council, 1991-94; member, Alexandria City Council, 1988-91; established Alexandria's first Neighborhood Watch program; board member, Community Lodgings Inc., Offender Aid and Restoration and the Northern Virginia Community College Foundation; member, Fraternal Order of Police; former member, Attorney General's Task Force on Gangs, State Board of Corrections, Governor's Commission on Parole Abolition and Sentencing Reform, Governor's New Partnership Commission (making communities safer); member, NAACP; mentor, Untouchables.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Alexandria needs a gang intervention program. Bringing together former and present gang members, court services, social services, community leaders and law enforcement officers can make a real difference through a consistent, holistic approach. Just as my work with the Untouchables has prevented youth from joining gangs, an intervention program will reclaim youth who have joined gangs, turning their lives around while reducing crime and improving our city. There has not been a gang-related murder for nine years in Benning Terrace, D.C., where similar actions were taken. I know I can make a difference in the lives of our youth."

Why should voters elect you?

"Thirty years as a Capitol policeman, 15 years on the Alexandria City Council and a long history of community service establish my proven leadership and experience."

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Dana A. Lawhorne (D)

Age: 47

Residence: Del Ray.

Education: Classes at Northern Virginia Community College.

Occupation: Detective, Alexandria Police Department.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairman, Police Fire Pension Board, 2004-05; vice president, Alexandria Police Association; member, Stop Child Abuse Now Board of Directors; coach, youth basketball; volunteer, Del Ray Art on the Avenue; treasurer, Baptist Temple Church; volunteer school monitor.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"This is an era of unprecedented threats to public safety. They require state-of-the-art preparedness in terms of skills, training and equipment. They also require being fully engaged with and visible in the community in order to better know what is going on and to be in the best position possible to protect the public. It is very important, too, that we hold offenders accountable. At the same time, we need to work to prevent crime with proven rehabilitation programs and dedicated outreach to our youth in a number of ways, including steps that are aimed at preventing gang violence."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am the best-qualified candidate. For more than two decades, I've compiled a record of successfully protecting Alexandrians with the Alexandria Police."

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