John Taylor Chapman, a fourth generation Alexandria native, is seeking re-election to Alexandria City Council because he believes that every Alexandrian should be able to raise a family, afford their housing, have access to high-quality education, start a business, and enjoy the unique and vibrant culture of Alexandria.


Councilman Chapman grew up in Alexandria’s public housing communities in north Old Town and the Quaker Hill area. After graduating from St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes High School in Alexandria in 1999, John went on to Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education (2003). In 2006, John began and has continued working for the Fairfax County Public School System.


Chapman has remained devoted to improving the city that raised him. As a loyal resident, he has dedicated his efforts to ensure that the City of Alexandria strengthens its educational system and supports its youth and families. Having served on the Alexandria Public School Board’s Budget Advisory Committee, and the Alexandria Public Schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee, John has worked tirelessly to find opportunities to improve the city’s schools.

While serving as Vice Chair of the Youth Policy Commission, John also took part in the ACPS Strategic Planning process and was integral in establishing the city’s Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission.


Understanding that economic growth is a necessity for continued progress in Alexandria, he also serves on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Public Safety and Human Services Committee - as well as the Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, which oversees growth and economic development in the Eisenhower Avenue section of Alexandria.


Councilman Chapman also brings his growing experience as a small business owner to the table when working to improve Alexandria’s business climate. In 2016, John founded Manumission Tour Company, which provides curated heritage tours focusing on the stories of early African Americans in Alexandria. John’s personal experience starting a small business in the city, and his resulting knowledge of the tourism industry - a major area of income for the city - make him a strong advocate for historic preservation in Alexandria and small business invigoration. 


Prior to his tenure on City Council, John served as the President of the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP (the youngest in the branch’s history) and is an active member of various organizations, boards, and commissions, which is listed on the community involvement page.


Councilman Chapman resides in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria, where he has been a member of the Citizens Association Executive Board for the past eight years.

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