I’ve been asked by many residents why I’m running as an independent (and which way I lean). The answer to the first question is that I don’t believe party is all that important in city politics. The majority of any city’s residents want the same thing. They want a city that provides good services, maintains its infrastructure, and does so efficiently. This is true of almost all of Alexandria’s residents regardless of party affiliation.
What strikes me most about Alexandria is its diversity of people and lifestyles. From those living in town homes in old town, to high rise condos and apartments, to families raising children in single family homes — no matter who you are or where you are in your life, the city has a place for you. With such a diverse population, the city should have no problem finding ideas to solve our problems. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case with the current city council.
I happen to lean democrat, in fact I was a registered democrat before I moved to Alexandria (we don’t register for a party in VA), although I like to think of myself as an independent thinker. I hope that when you go to the polls in November that you vote for candidates that will bring fresh ideas and energy regardless of their political affiliation. I hope you vote for candidates like myself that will work hard to solve the city’s problems and who will take input from all of Alexandria’s diverse residents.