This year's race pits two experienced law enforcement officers against one another: Detective Dana A. Lawhorne, a member of the Alexandria Police Department for 26 years; and William C. Cleveland, a retired U.S. Capitol Police officer who also was a longtime City Council member.
, 47, a Democrat and a Del Ray native, said his
boyhood dream was to become a city police officer.Over the years, he has worked as a patrol officer, a detective, a hostage negotiator and with youngsters, many of them troubled. A father of three teenage girls, Lawhorne has served as chairman of the Police and Fire Pension Board, president of a youth camp and vice president of the local police association.He
has also amassed a collection of commendations, including an outstanding police officer award in 1982.This is his
first campaign. Lawhorne has been publicly endorsed by Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney S. Randolph Sengel, who said Lawhorne has "given vision that helped make sense of cases that seemed senseless."Lawhorne has been publicly endorsed by Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney S. Randolph Sengel, who said Lawhorne has "given vision that helped make sense of cases that seemed senseless."
"I see this as a great opportunity to lead an agency with the same motivation I've had as a police officer, a chance to go above and beyond the call of duty," Lawhorne
has dedicated his
campaign to Schuyler Jones, his
eldest daughter's boyfriend and T.C. Williams crew member who was fatally beaten in Old Town last year.He
wants the department to take a more active role in the community, from assisting the city's patrol officers to interacting with high school students to help keep them from a life of crime.