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Ex-Alexandria police chief, after DWI, now pondering politics

Former Alexandria Police Chief David Baker. Still wants to serve. (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)

But Baker has decided not to go quietly into that good night. He wants to run for the Alexandria city council next year, though he only recently moved into the city after living across state lines in Montgomery County for many years.

Baker told The Post’s Allison Klein: “I know how government works from the inside out. I think I could bring a level of strength, courage, commitment and knowledge.”

He knows government from the inside — get it?

Baker said he will decide whether or not to run after he attends a Democratic Party candidates school this summer. Alexandria previously had a school superintendent who was convicted of drunk driving, but she rode out the storm and stayed on the job another three years. So the city has a record of tolerance.

Read the rest of Klein’s eye-opening story here.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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