Thursday, October 11, 2012
At a City Council candidate forum in Old Town on Wednesday night, the first question asked was predictably about the city's plans to develop its riverside.
The issue of riverside redevelopment saw some lively debate at a forum attended largely by Old Town residents and hosted by the Old Town Civic Association at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy on Wednesday night. Candidates debated citizen engagement and the possibility of rezoning some portions of the city’s waterfront to allow hotels. The city in January passed a plan to redevelop its waterfront, but it has not approved a proposed zoning change permitting development such as hotels there. “I would not rezone the waterfront. You do not need to rezone to gain amenities,” said Republican candidate Bob Wood, who lives near the city’s riverside. “Council can exercise leadership over the process,” adding that council members shouldn’t constantly…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
On Nov. 6, Alexandrians will make selections for mayor and city council.
When Alexandria voters head to the polls on Nov. 6, Alexandria mayor and city council will be two of six offices on the ballot. Voters will make one choice for mayor, and then select no more than six candidates for city council. Both offices have three-year terms. Incumbent Mayor Bill Euille (D) is facing independent challenger Andrew Macdonald. Twelve candidates are vying for city council. The Democrats are running a full slate of six candidates. The Republicans have three candidates. There is also one Libertarian candidate and two independent candidates. Alexandria Mayor and City Council Candidate Websites: Not sure of your assigned polling station? Find out on the Virginia Election and Registration Information System website.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Independent Alexandria mayoral candidate Andrew Macdonald says his opponent has been unwilling to organize a one-on-one debate.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Real debate is a hallmark of democracy I would never have believed that setting up your garden variety debate between two candidates running for mayor could be so difficult, or that there could be so many versions of the phrase “ready and willing” to debate. The fact is that the Mayor and his surrogates have been unwilling to sit down with my campaign team and organize what the Alexandria Times has called a “legitimate one-on-one debate with his only challenger.” A Times poll involving 900 citizens showed that 75 percent favor such a debate. We have been told that he’s too busy to do more than show up at several debates where all the candidates are invited—where there will not be much time for us to discuss the issues of concern to the …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Andrew Macdonald kicks off his campaign, promising good listening to citizens, fiscal responsibility and a close look at current and future development.
Andrew Macdonald launched his mayoral campaign last week, saying the city’s elected officials must do a better job of managing, monitoring and investigating the costs of growth and development. “I want to improve the way we plan for growth in this city, and the way we manage our finances,” he said at an afternoon event at Pat Troy’s Restaurant and Pub. “I want to see a government that will not sue its citizens and civic organizations but rather will engage in a more productive, open, civil discourse with its citizens.” Macdonald, who is running as an independent, said he a “strong supporter” of a City Council comprised of Republicans and Democrats “and hopefully at least one independent.” The native Alexandrian commented that he has seen …