I do not work for the city of Alexandria in any political or commercial way what so ever. I love Alexandria because I was born and have lived here for , lets say 50+ years to be conservative.
I have watched city activities in politics and business. I have seen corrupt politicians get away with things short of murder. I have seen and known business men and women come and go. I know honest sincere folks who care about our town. I know slime balls who are only interested in making a fast buck and taking every poor soul they can. (They would throw you under the nearest ATRANS bus without blinking an eye.) I count as my friends, Construction workers, waiters, doctors, all types, lawyers, judges, a broad spectrum. I can carry on an intelligent discourse with all of them and keep their attention.
At this point in time Alexandria needs to break loose from its past and try to leap into the present day world. The current administration has tried to do this in their misguided way. We have all seen some accomplishments and progress made in the past almost four years. (Yes, I also know some stupid asinine projects have also been shoved in our craws.) That’s’ government. Always will be that way.
To interject race into the mix is nothing short of horrendous stupidity. That of course IS being done to the absolute glee of many.
I know personally many of the city officials. I respect a few and take the others with more than a grain of salt. Let’s face it we have a few intelligent officials and many more that would be hard pressed to tackle anything other than their day-to-day mundane routine. (and do the job poorly, at best.)
Our current Mayor has a rather unlikable personality. (tends to talk down and over ride) But everyone has some type of personality problem.
You have to overlook this and look at his ability, not personality.
At this point I am going to go with the current regime. The status quo. I see no wisdom in the other candidates. They are in the fray for the wrong reasons. (Devine intervention or revenge or spite or just misguided sheep are not reasons for running for office.)
If you progress the city and get a little something on the side, that’s good. If you do not show progress and gain something on the side, that’s bad.
Forget about all the vitriol and nay sayers. When you go into that booth and close the curtain, make damn sure it’s with a clear level look at our future. (If there is to be one.)
Think about what HAS been done, not what someone promises to MAYBE do!