In Alexandria, the race for mayor began on friendly terms but became tense as the campaign drew to a close. When Ring declared his candidacy, [James P. Moran Jr.] praised Ring's "intelligence, his knowledge of the city and his willingness to work hard." Ring called Moran "charming."
Lately, Ring has accused Moran of making headlines but doing nothing to fulfill campaign promises to reduce taxes and manage growth; Moran has charged that Ring is misrepresenting the facts and Moran's positions.
Ring said he had overcome the Republican Party's traditional weakness in Alexandria by appealing to groups Moran had offended, including old-line Democrats who were still smarting from Moran's temporary break with the party three years ago and opponents of a Moran-backed city clinic that will dispense birth control devices to teen-agers.
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