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Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Says Voters Deserve Mayoral Debate

Euille Silberberg
Statement by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce on Political Conversation during the 2015 Election

As the voice of business in the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce believes it is vital for our members, as well as the community at large, to hear from all candidates seeking to lead Alexandria for the next three years and beyond.

In specific regard to the race for Mayor, we note that the Democratic nominee, Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, will be the lone Mayoral candidate on the printed ballot in November. She is being challenged via a write-in campaign by current Mayor Bill Euille after he was unsuccessful in the Democratic primary. We are not aware of any other candidates, whether they are party nominees or declared write-in candidates, that are seeking to serve as Alexandria’s mayor.

The Chamber believes that a debate between the Democratic nominee, Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, and declared write-in candidate, Mayor Bill Euille, should occur at the earliest possible opportunity. The voters of Alexandria are being given a choice in this campaign and are entitled to a debate where they can hear directly from both candidates, side by side, at the same time. Voters deserve to see Vice Mayor Silberberg and Mayor Euille debate each other and independently evaluate each candidate’s ideas, visions for the City, and how they intend to lead.

Given the level of activity by both the Euille and Silberberg campaigns, the Chamber believes the debate over the method of nomination is now over. We are focused squarely on the election in November and the future of Alexandria, In the Chamber’s view, there are two candidates running for mayor. One is a party nominee; the other a declared write-in. Those candidates owe the business owners of Alexandria a debate to explore their positions on key issues such as budget, land use, small business, taxes and transportation. To omit such a debate and discussion from an electoral process is a disservice to all voters, especially employers and small businesses.

The Chamber stands ready to assist in facilitating such a dialogue and looks forward to the respective campaigns coming to an agreement on the terms for a candidate debate for the office of Mayor of Alexandria.

(Red Brick Town Flickr Pool photos via Wayne Hulehan on Flickr)

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DelRay821
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DelRay821

Thank you Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. The citizens of Alexandria have two choices for Mayor and I think we deserve to hear them in a debate.

oldtowner
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oldtowner

Thanks to the Chamber. Totally agree that citizens and businesses have a right and a vested interest in hearing a debate between Allison Silberberg and Bill Euille. If either one refuses to debate, they will not get my vote!

Phillip Cide
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Phillip Cide

While I agree that a debate should be held, I’m curious, is the Chamber’s position the result of a vote of the Chamber’s membership, the Board of Directors, or just the Executive Committee?

CyclistPedestrianMotorist
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CyclistPedestrianMotorist

Ms. Silberberg does not want to debate Mr. Euille because it will illustrate how shallow her proposals are. Mr. Euille will use his experience and knowledge of city operations in the debate while Ms. Silberberg will repeat her tag lines and fill in the gaps with lots of ‘ums’ and ‘ahhs.’

Cynthia
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Cynthia

Didn’t they debate during the democratic primaries? If people are so in need of a debate, why don’t they just read a transcript of those debates?

Cynthia
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Do the Write Thing

That was a debate for the Democratic party nomination. Silberberg won that election.

What we are asking for is a debate for the general election. Those are two different things, in case you weren’t aware.