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Mayoral candidates answer a question

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For the first time in eight years, a mayoral race is taking place in Alexandria.

Voters will decide between incumbent mayor Dan Ness and challenger Virgil Batesole. The winner will serve a four-year term.

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In an effort to give voters more information, the newspaper gave each of the candidates a "homework assignment."

They were each asked to answer, in 200 words or less, a simple question: Why are you running for mayor?

Here are their responses:

Dan Ness

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