Community Leaders endorse John
I just received an email from John, asking me to share with you a new and very existing information about his candidacy, he said that he is humbled and delighted to have the endorsement of the Sitting Mayor, Former Police Chief, Two Former Mayors and Others Support Third-Generation Alexandrian, John Taylor Chapman in Democratic Primary for the city council
Below is the official press release
Alexandria, VA - April 23, 2012 – News Release – John Taylor Chapman, a third-generation Alexandrian and educator running in Alexandria’s Democratic City Council primary receives key endorsements from Mayor Bill Euille, Vice-Mayor and former Mayor Kerry Donley, Councilman Rob Krupricka, former Police Chief David Baker, former State Senator and Mayor Patsy Ticer, former Councilman Ludwig P. Gainesand former School Board Member Gwendolyn Hubbard Lewis.
“I have known John for his entire life and he has the life-skills, commitment and dedication to serve all Alexandrians,” said Mayor Bill Euille. “He is proof that service to humanity is the best work of life"
In response to Mayor Bill Euille’s endorsement and the other endorsements, John said, “When I started this campaign, it was about helping to give Alexandrians a voice, it is humbling to have the support of these leaders that serve and have served as the voice of Alexandria.”
The Chapman Campaign has been running on a diverse platform highlighting the need for increase civil input in Alexandria’s development, housing and education system.
"John Chapman has been an active leader in our community and I know he'll be a thoughtful member of Council,” said Councilman Rob Krupicka. “From his professional background in education to his work in the community to create new opportunities for people to get ahead, I know he'll work hard to make Alexandria an even better place.”
As a third-generation Alexandrian, former president of the Alexandria Young Democrats and active member of several civil and city-wide Boards and Commissions, John has received immense support from community leaders including Vice Mayor Donley, former state Senator and Mayor, Patsy Ticer and former Chief of Police David Baker.
"I have known John for many years through his volunteer work in the community and continued support in the Democratic party he is the very definition of commitment and has been a life-long volunteer,” said Vice-Mayor and former Mayor Kerry Donley. “John knows the issues that concerns the residents of Alexandria and will be an excellent addition to the city council.”
"John Chapman has prepared himself to be a leader in our community,” said former state Senator and Mayor Patsy Ticer. “I am confident that John is the candidate who can best represent the diverse communities in Alexandria and address the struggles faced by many working and middle class families.”
"John adds a productive vision, fresh perspective and new ideas to the political landscape in Alexandria,” said former Police Chief David Baker. “He is the kind of person we want representing us going forward.”
The Chapman Campaign has taken a strong position on increasing citizen engagement and input on Alexandria’s future development.
“Alexandria needs smart development,” said John Taylor Chapman. “Citizen input is not sought until development plans are established. As Councilman, I will insure that any development in the city is smart growth that supports the needs of Alexandrians by maintaining the standard of living and improving the long-term sustainability of Alexandria.” This position has garnered him support and praise.
"John Taylor Chapman has my very strong endorsement! As a former council member, planning commissioner, and past and present human rights commissioner, I know well the challenges and opportunities confronting our city,” said former Councilman Ludwig P. Gaines, Esq. “In the many years that I have known John he has distinguished himself as having the passion, commitment and courage to tackle these issues. I am confident that he will be a fair, thoughtful, well prepared and potentially transformative member of council. He has my full and enthusiastic support.”
As an educator, John is advocating a strong position of education by seeking to institute strong mechanisms of fiscal responsibility and accountability to the School Board while improving access to pre-K education and out-of-school programs.
"John Taylor Chapman is competent, engaged and up for the challenge of representing our community on the City Council,” said former School Board Member Gwendolyn Hubbard Lewis. I enthusiastically endorse him to be decisive and an advocate for the concerns of our great city before us, Education, Transportation, Development, Jobs, Affordable Housing, Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency.”
John Taylor Chapman will be at the top of the ballot on June 12th and will be hosting various meet-and-greet events throughout the city. To see the full agenda of events, visit: www.chapman4council.com.
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