Alexandria for Everyone
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Alexandria is a dynamic place, yet Alexandria is for everyone
As a community, we the people are in different points in our lives and choose to live in Alexandria for different reasons. Along with a wide range of demographics, it is natural to have a complex mixture of problems. It is vital to figure out ways we can cultivate these different interests and incorporate them into a collective vision for the future.
I believe that people are entitled to their own beliefs and with that comes the notion that people will live their life in the best way they see fit. “Alexandria For Everyone” is the understanding that people are entitled to maintain those different beliefs while including them towards the greater good of our city. This idea allows Alexandria to be inclusive to all people, in a city that works for them, while not undermining their presence.
For the past 5 years I have spent a great deal of time interacting with the citizens of Alexandria and this has allowed me to see that all citizens have dreams for our city.
These dreams will conflict with one another.
The question at hand is how do we address this confrontation and move Alexandria forward? Sometimes what is best for the city is not what's best for the individual. There's not a democrat way or republican way to fix city problems.As an Independent, I believe that its in Alexandria's best interest to reach a compromise by bringing together all opinions and take the best parts from all sides. This will allow us to talk openly and honestly about the values and achievements we want to happen and work to make them a reality.
Therefore the solutions to the problems must stem from the diverse ideas of the people.
Having Alexandria to be a place for a everyone is the best way to move forward in continuing to enable Alexandria to be one of the great all American cities.
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