To the editor:
I write to express my support for, and request your consideration of, Willie Bailey’s candidacy for the Alexandria School Board in District A. I have known Willie since his teen years when I was T.C. Williams principal and I have been privileged to watch him grow as a person, professional firefighter and community leader. His amazing commitment to our city is only surpassed by his intense desire to help our kids as they navigate their way to adulthood.
Willie’s commitment to children is well-known from his days as a single dad to his more recent work in helping to fill gaps for those in need in our community. He is known for his backpack, winter coat and toy drives, but most are not aware of all that he does behind the scenes to help struggling families.
He provides gift cards to families in need of food and connects families to local services, both of which are examples of his caring nature and desire to help others. While having been recognized as a Living Legend for his service to the community, the motivation to help others is what drives him.
In my discussions with Willie as he has moved forward with his candidacy for School Board, he has spoken intently about his belief that he can do much more to assist children in ACPS. Having known him for many years, I know that, if elected, he will. He is a man of his word and his desire to help others is an integral part of his life. For Willie, it has always been about the kids, and I assure you his motivation in running for this position continues to be to help children in our community.
Willie also has a unique ability to work with others to achieve goals and create opportunities. His military service and years of hard work as a firefighter, speak to his professionalism, commitment to the tasks at hand and the respect afforded him by others.
I strongly encourage you to support Willie Bailey for School Board. He will represent District A and our entire community with distinction.
-John Porter, Alexandria