Seminary Road

The city claimed that Seminary Road was part of Vision Zero – it’s plan to eliminate pedestrian deaths and serious injuries.  The city’s own data (see image below) shows that stretch of road to have already been free of danger.  Notably, a month after the changes to Seminary were made, another pedestrian was struck and killed on Duke St. blocks away.  This occurred on a stretch of Duke that the city’s data shows to actually be dangerous.

Voting for change

One resident I ran into while canvassing had the message that she wasn’t sure people knew they don’t have to vote for six candidates.  You may vote, in fact, for *up to* six candidates.  Why does this fact matter?

If you want change, you should vote only for the candidates you actually like.  Voting for others can hurt your favorites’ chances.  The best thing you can do this election is to only vote for those candidates you personally want.  If that doesn’t come to six, even if it’s only one or two, feel confident in stopping there and you will really help your favorites.


Who is Mark Shiffer?

I’m the husband of one, and the father of two:   a first grader at MacArthur elementary and an eighth grader at George Washington middle school.   I’m originally from New Orleans and did the second half of my growing up in New Jersey.  I then lived in Ithaca, NY; Long Beach, CA; and most recently Boston, MA.  We moved to Alexandria so my wife (a climate scientist) could take her dream job at NASA HQ.

The most striking thing to me about Alexandria is it’s diversity.  Diversity of people–rich history mixed with fresh new faces from all over the world.  Diversity of neighborhoods–from the west end to Old Town, from central Alexandria to Potomac Yards.  Whether you’re looking for history, for an urban vibe, a town house or a single family home, we’ve got it.  Whatever stage of life you’re at, Alexandria has something beautiful to offer.

Professionally, I’ve been in science and technology my entire life.  Starting with a degree in Math from Cornell University, I went on to earn degrees in Computer Science and Computational Neuroscience.  I taught Computer Science for a while before moving on to industry where I’ve worked in defense, finance, startups, online retail, and online advertising.  Throughout, I’ve built strong teams and solved hard, challenging problems.  It’s what I love to do and why I’ve decided to run for city council.

If you’re interested in my experience: