John in the News
Alexandria Times Endorsements, Alexandria Times, May 27, 2021
"With Del Pepper's decision to not seek re-election, John Chapman, at age 40, is the longest-tenured member of City Council, having been elected in 2012. Chapman's knowledge of city issues, his intelligence and his ability to bring different sectors of the city together are all invaluable. Chapman has evolved into one of the most significant and visible Black residents of Alexandria, alongside leaders like Alfred Street Baptist Church pastor Howard-John Wesley, Alexandria Black History Museum Director Audrey Davis and former Mayor Bill Euille. Though his votes are invariably in favor of development projects, Chapman engages with local residents on contentious issues more than most members of council."
Read John's op-ed on why I'm running for re-election to the Alexandria City Council.
Watch John's interview with Virginia Amos on Z-TV.
Read about the women who have influenced John in his life in this special Mother's Day tribute.
"Testing Taylor Run’s water for phosphates, staff said, could take two-to-three months to get reliable results. But the city council — led by urging from members Amy Jackson and John Chapman — agreed to take that time to do the studies and get a better picture of the pollutant levels in Taylor Run and Strawberry Run."
"For Council we strongly endorse Councilman John Taylor Chapman, Councilman Canek Aguirre, Alyia Gaskins, and Kirk McPike. These candidates have demonstrated the characteristics of public service and leadership that are needed to pass the test still to come. They have a range of backgrounds and ideas, and are capable of consensus building and working together in ways that will continue to move Alexandria forward."
"As Alexandria comes out of the pandemic, Chapman says he wants to expand access to early childhood education and out-of-school opportunities. 'We all know they've experienced learning loss and hardships,' said Chapman. 'So we need to do what we can to try to get them caught back up.' "
Read John's interview with ALX Times in which he discusses the West End, affordable housing, and how he's willing to vote against his colleagues.
On March 25, John sat down with the West End Business Association to discuss issues that impact the business community in the West End.
The Collective PAC, the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political representation and power across all levels of government, has endorsed John Chapman for Alexandria City Council.
Read John Chapman's candidate profile in the Alexandria Times, in which John outlines his priorities for the future, addresses head on some of the more controversial issues from this term, and invites a debate on issues facing the city that we can tackle together.
"U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has lived in Old Town for 35 years, and on a freezing Monday morning he learned about the lives of enslaved and free Blacks via a tour with Alexandria City Councilman John Taylor Chapman. “We have to tell the whole story — the good, the bad, the ugly,” Warner told ALXnow. “I’ve lived in Alexandria for 35 years and I’m hearing some of these stories for the first time.”"
""I get emails from people saying, 'I'm fully behind saving affordable housing, but I don't want this development because it's too tall,'" said City Councilman John Taylor Chapman. "That, to me, says we haven't done a great job of educating the people about the tradeoffs in saving affordable housing. Because the height and scale are something of an inevitability. . . . We need to have a serious conversation in the community about that reality.""
"Chapman and Aguirre running for re-election," Alexandria Times, February 4, 2021.
"Chapman is a lifelong Alexandrian who has served on City Council since 2012. He has worked as an educator throughout the region and currently works in Fairfax County Public Schools as a community use program specialist. He also owns and operates Manumission Tour Company, a local Black history tour company, and has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Public Safety and Human Services Committee, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors and the city’s Gang Prevention Task Force."