Yvette Alexander

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Yvette M. Alexander
Yvette Alexander 2009.jpg
Member of the Council of the District of Columbia from Ward 7
In office
2007 – January 3, 2017
Preceded byVincent C. Gray
Succeeded byVincent C. Gray
Personal details
Born (1961-10-01) October 1, 1961 (age 57)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materHoward University
CommitteesHealth and Human Services, Chair

Yvette M. Alexander (born October 1, 1961,[1] in the District of Columbia[2]) is a Democratic politician in Washington, D.C. She represented Ward 7 on the Council of the District of Columbia from 2007 to 2017. After losing her council seat, Alexander started a health care consulting practice.[3]


Alexander has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University[2] and did graduate work at Trinity College.

Political career[edit]

On May 1, 2007, Alexander won the special election to succeed her political mentor Vincent C. Gray. Gray had represented Ward 7 before he became council chairman in January. She received 34 percent of the vote, beating 17 other candidates (14 Democrats and 4 independents).[4] [5]

She faced a Democratic primary for re-election on September 9, 2008. Notable opponents in that Democratic primary were John Campbell and Robin Hammond Marlin.[6] No individuals filed to appear on the ballot for the Republican or Statehood-Green parties.[6] Alexander won the primary and general election.

Alexander lobbied other state delegations for DC voting rights at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. She was an Obama superdelegate (though formally unpledged) to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, although she had endorsed Barack Obama before Hillary Clinton conceded the race.[7]

Political positions[edit]

Alexander was the only DC council member to reject gay marriage when it was put to vote November 10, 2009, by the Council of the District of Columbia.[8]

Alexander opposed DC's Death with Dignity legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to end their suffering.[9]

Alexander was active in the campaign to have a DC-based barbershop properly replace its lighting. She insisted the responsible government agency, DCRA, use its oversight to get the business to correct the sign from "Sex Barbershop" to "Unisex Barbershop".[10][11]


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vol. 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Local Elections 2008 [actually 2007]: Yvette M. Alexander (D)". The Washington Post. 2007.
  3. ^ Anderson, Jeffrey (December 13, 2017). "Yvette Alexander Eyes a Comeback". Loose Lips. Washington, D.C.: Washington City Paper. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  4. ^ District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (2007-05-11). "Certified May 1st Special Election Results - Ward Report". Retrieved 2008-07-18.[dead link]
  5. ^ Jones, James (April 25, 2007). "LL's Special-Election Picks: Who to vote for, and why". Loose Lips. Washington, D.C.: Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2009-04-09. In the race to replace Council Chairman Vincent Gray in Ward 7, voters face a choice similar to their Ward 4 neighbors. The contest appears to come down to hard-driving newcomer and Fenty imitator Victor Vandell and longtime political activist Yvette Alexander, who has Gray's backing. The chairman has invested a lot of political capital in Alexander. Her weightiest credentials involve membership in lots of Democratic Party organizations and her activities with various community groups. LL has a hard time ignoring Alexander's charm and her ability to reach out to people. She would be a compassionate addition to the council. But a winning personality and great smile aren't enough to get the job done for one of the city's neediest wards. If Ward 7 residents want a continuation of Gray's short run as the Ward 7 representative, they will get it with Alexander. It is impossible to imagine her making a big decision without his guidance.
  6. ^ a b District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (2008-07-17). "List of Candidates for the September 9, 2008 Congressional and Council Primary Election". Archived from the original on 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  7. ^ DeBonis, Mike (Apr 4, 2008). "Clinton Snags Unlikely D.C. Delegate Slot". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2009-04-09. The D.C. Democratic State Committee met ... to select a pair of unpledged add-on "superdelegates." ... "Unpledged" in this case is a bit misleading; most delegate candidates' presidential preferences were already widely known to voters...
    Obama organizers hoped to prevent a split vote by steering support to two delegate candidates: Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, a longtime state committee member and favorite of the old guard, and lawyer Miriam Sapiro, a relative unknown favored by the grassroots types.
  8. ^ DeBonis, Mike (September 11, 2009). "Michael Brown Stands for Gay Marriage; Yvette Alexander Does Not". Loose Lips. Washington, D.C.: Washington City Paper. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Nirappil, Fenit (October 5, 2016). "'An act of kindness': Medical aid-in-dying legislation advances in the District". Loose Lips. Washington, D.C.: Washington Post. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Sommer, Will (August 31, 2016). "Councilmember, Business Owner Tussle Over 'Sex Barbershop". Loose Lips. Washington, D.C.: Washington City Paper. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  11. ^ fox5dc.com staff (September 1, 2016). "'Sex Barbershop' sign causes stir in DC". Fox 5. Washington, D.C.: Fox 5. Retrieved December 13, 2017.

External links[edit]

Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Vincent C. Gray
Ward 7 Member, Council of the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Vincent C. Gray