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Alexandria City Mayor Democratic Primary

The Mayor presides over meetings of the Alexandria City Council and is elected on a separate ballot from the other members of the Council every three years, during the same election. For more information on the office of the Mayor, visit https://www.alexandriava.gov/Council.Virginia is an open primary state, meaning that voters do not register by political party. Any registered voter is eligible to vote in any primary election. However, if both the Democratic and Republican parties hold primaries on the same day, voters must choose which party ballot they wish to vote.

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    Amy B. Jackson
    (Dem)

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    Alyia Smith Parker Gaskins
    (Dem)

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    Steven B. Peterson
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you think are the three most pressing issues facing the City of Alexandria?

What can the City do to meet its housing needs, both in terms of inventory and affordability? What additional zoning changes, if any, would you support?

What role should the Mayor play in ensuring that elections held in Alexandria are safe, secure, and accessible to all voters?

Is the City making appropriate progress on its sustainability, energy, and resilience goals? What, if anything, would you like to see done differently?

If elected, what changes (if any) will you pursue to the City's policing and criminal justice systems?

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Campaign Phone 410-370-9057
Campaign Twitter Handle @alyia4alx
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I am running to create a safe, more affordable, and more accessible City. We all deserve to feel safe, whoever we are, wherever we live or work, yet the increase in crime has us all feeling on edge. We all want a diverse community where we can all live and work, raise our families, and retire, yet for far too many affordable, quality housing is out of reach. We all want our young people to have the opportunity for bright, successful futures, yet affordable early care and education programs for our youngest learners and work experiences that prepare older youth for the jobs of the future are hard to come by.
I am passionate about and committed to making Alexandria a better place for all and that means ensuring that all kinds of people can afford to live here, grow here, and age here. While current efforts have been effective, we still have much work to do. On Council, I have focused consistently on the 3Ps of housing affordability, including: Supporting the PRODUCTION of new committed affordable housing units; Investing in the PRESERVATION of older units to help people stay in their homes ; and Advancing legislation to expand eviction PROTECTIONS and anti-displacement strategies.
The Mayor can and should play a role in promoting safe, secure and accessible elections. As Mayor, I am committed to: using my platform to promote voter education and outreach by sharing accurate and timely information about voting, including but not limited to voting rights laws, key deadlines, polling locations, and procedures for absentee or early voting; partnering with the registar to expand language accessibility, including ensuring that election materials are available in multiple languages and language assistance at polling places is available; and advocating for our state to advance policies that continue to expand early voting options, make voting equipment accessible to voters with disabilities, and restore voting rights.
We need to reduce building and transportation emissions. Our 2023 Energy & Climate Change Action Plan lays out how we can do this. Our new Climate Action Office, which I helped to create on Council, will be key to this work, as will existing programs like Solarize Alexandria and policies like our Green Building Policy. We also need to focus on the two biggest climate risks Alexandria faces: flooding and extreme heat. We have already embarked on many of the programs and projects that will advance adaptation, from Flood Action Alexandria, the Stormwater Utility and Flood Mitigation Advisory Group, to scheduled maintenance programs. As Mayor, I will ensure that we continue to fund these existing efforts, while also developing new policies.
As someone with a background in public health, I believe any reforms have to focus on two tracks, 1) prevention, and 2) response. On Council, I led the charge to create our City’s first Youth Safety and Resilience effort. As mayor, I will: Partner with APD to find common sense efficiencies so officers spend more time engaged in community policing, with an effort to align APD resources across prevention, detection, and intervention to reduce crime, address hazardous traffic violators, and expand our community outreach efforts; Engage other partners to develop programs to prevent recidivism, especially youth-focused programs; and increase communication between the police and the community.
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