By Vineeta Anand, Alexandria (File photo)
To the editor:
Mayor Bill Euille lacks the moral compass to lead Alexandria again.
He lost the Democratic primary in June to Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg. Rather than concede defeat graciously, he chose to sulk. He reneged on a pledge taken by all three Democratic candidates that they would not run a write-in campaign if defeated.
Now, his campaign has broken the law by using a sample ballot flyer implying that it was authorized by the Alexandria Board of Elections. Moreover, his yard signs are deliberately misleading, proclaiming that he is “A proven Democrat for Mayor.” Euille is not a Democrat any more. He renounced his affiliation with the party when he became a write-in candidate for mayor of Alexandria.
What’s more, Euille is beholden to real estate developers and business groups who hope that he will look favorably upon them when they seek favors, even if they come at the expense of the quality of life of citizens.
I am supporting Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg for mayor, whose ethics are unimpeachable. As vice mayor, she has had the courage of her convictions to stand up and speak out time and time again, even if it meant casting the only “no” vote on key issues affecting residents of the city. She returned campaign contributions from real estate developers. And her campaign gives strict orders to volunteers to take the high road. Alexandrians are sick and tired of business as usual. We want a change.