Here’s a sign that incumbent Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander may be in some trouble come April: the deep-pocketed parking lobby that helped finance her previous campaign is now backing one of her opponents.
Tom Brown‘s most recent campaign filings show him receiving at least 10 separate donations of the maximum $500 from entities linked to the parking lobby, including gifts from the family of late parking czar Leonard “Bud” Doggett and longtime parking lobbyist David Julyan.
Campaign records show that Alexander benefited received at least several thousand from parking-related interests during her last campaign. She didn’t immediately return a call, nor did Brown. Julyan declined to comment.
The parking lobby isn’t the only game in town, but can be rough to have them playing for the other team. Just ask former Councilmember Carol Schwartz, who was defeated in the Republican Primary after the parking lobby backed Pat Mara‘s upstart bid.