Allison Silberberg
Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia
 

“We are all the temporary stewards of this national treasure

        called Alexandria.”

                                                           - Allison Silberberg


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My June 18, 2017, statement about the shooting.


A Time of Gratitude, Community, & Strength


This has been a shocking time for our beloved city and country. Whether we live in Del Ray or another neighborhood, it saddens all of us that our peaceful community became the latest on a long list of places to experience violence at the hands of a madman.


Only a few days after the unthinkable occurred, the park around Simpson Field and our streets reopened. Together, we are resilient. We are a blessed community. 


First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Congressman Steve Scalise and the other shooting victims as well as their loved ones. We pray for all of them. In addition to the wounded, such a trauma leaves wounds that cannot be seen. We hope that those invisible wounds will heal in time for all those who were on the scene.

On behalf of a grateful city, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the U.S. Capitol Police and our Alexandria Police Department. You are our heroes. What a team effort. We are blessed by your remarkable courage under fire. Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown and his department have performed extremely well. Officer Nicole Battaglia, Officer Alexander Jensen, and Officer Kevin Jobe were the three officers who arrived on the scene immediately. I understand that one of them arrived on the scene within 35 seconds. The other two arrived about two minutes later. All engaged in the gunfight, which was fierce. Together, they saved lives. As Chief Brown has said, “You can’t teach courage.” I agree with him that our officers clearly have it.


Our Alexandria Fire/EMS was outstanding, rendering aid immediately to the wounded, even before the “all clear” had been given. True courage as well. Our heartfelt thanks to them as well as our Sheriff's Department, which also responded. Our thanks to our Department of Emergency Communications and the Office of Emergency Management. It was a total team effort. Thanks to all our first responders for their compassion and care. All of us are deeply proud of our phenomenal public safety team. We are well-served by them. We are also grateful to the Arlington County EMS, Virginia State Police, and U.S. Park Police for their fast help. My thanks as well to our city staff, who helped in countless ways throughout these days.


I am also proud of how our residents responded to this crisis. On Wednesday morning soon after the shooting site had been secured, residents came out with baked goods and cold water. Some gave hugs to our police. All of this meant the world to our police and first responders. For some of our officers and other first responders, it was their day off, but Chief Brown told me that so many went straight to the scene to be of help. When we as citizens are running away from danger, our police and first responders are running toward it.


The parking lot across the street from the ball field immediately became the temporary site of the trailers for the FBI investigation, assisted by our police department. Every day, residents and restaurants dropped off great food and waters and sodas. There was an outpouring of gratitude and love. That is our community. 


On Wednesday late afternoon, in spite of the heat and the long, emotionally exhausting day, Chief Brown wanted to reach out to the residents in the vicinity of the ball field. Officers fanned out across the surrounding neighborhood to knock on doors and reassure our residents. Chief Brown, Fire Chief Robert Dube, and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne covered a number of streets. It was meaningful to our residents to speak with them. What I noticed is that people wanted to talk about what had happened. We were all still processing what had occurred.


On that early evening, hundreds of residents of all ages gathered on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray and participated in a Walk of Solidarity. Together, we walked to a church near the site of the shooting and said a prayer for the wounded, for healing, for our community, and for peace. There were at least five similar community healing gatherings throughout our city that night. These were all organized that afternoon by residents and clergy. We all wanted to stand together and be together.


On Thursday night, by sheer chance, there was a long-planned fundraiser for the Alexandria Police Foundation. Chief Brown spoke movingly about the valor of our police officers and the U.S. Capitol Police. Our Alexandria Police Foundation provides critical support to our officers and police canines. This is a great cause, and contributions to this organization would be one way to show our appreciation to our police force for the work they do. You may find out more information on their web site at: www.alexandriapolicefoundation.org .


On Friday night as I left City Hall, I stopped by the designated area of the investigation to thank our police who were on site. The parking lot was full of trailers, one for our Alexandria Police Department and the others for the FBI. The Salvation Army had created a makeshift canteen that was serving fresh food, ice cold water and sodas. The Red Cross had also set up a presence, providing emotional support and help, which will be ongoing. 


One of our officers said that she went to get something at a local store for the officers at the scene, and before she could pay, a stranger just swiped their credit card and paid for all the items, totaling about $75. The officer was not even sure of their name. Another officer told me a similar story. Gratitude and love. That is our community.


As I was about to leave the staging area, I was introduced to an FBI agent, who was one of the commanders in charge, and I thanked him and his team. Every FBI agent I met said how outstanding our Alexandria Police Department was. They also praised our sense of community and outpouring of support from the city and our residents. So I was there to thank them, and yet, they were praising our police and city. I am so grateful to the FBI for their hard work and dedication. Our city and country owe them a debt of gratitude. I am also deeply proud of our city and how everyone stepped up to be there for those who have been there for us.


In recent days, there has been an avalanche of calls and emails, all of which gave us strength. I am grateful for the countless emails and texts from our residents as well as calls from mayors across the country who are keeping us in their prayers. I told Chief Brown that the residents are singing the praises of the U.S. Capitol Police, our Alexandria Police Department, and all the first responders. Former residents have even sent their prayers. This is a blessed city.


Here is what I know. You cannot manufacture community overnight, and you cannot fake it. Alexandria is in fact all about community. And I am grateful. Our small-town feel is one of the reasons all of us love Alexandria. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Mayor of such a caring, tight-knit community.


There has been a tremendous outpouring of love, a sense of mission where we all felt the need to do something positive for others. Together, we helped our community get through this unthinkable time, and I thank each of you. Let's continue to channel that sense of mission to help make our community better for all.

All of us continue to keep the victims and their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers, as we pray that all will make a full recovery.


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My June 14, 2017, statement about the shooting.


A Shocking Day


This has been a shocking day for our beloved city and country. First, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Congressman Scalise and all those injured this morning during a baseball practice on Simpson Field in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. We join their loved ones in hoping for their swift and full recovery.

We are deeply grateful to the U.S. Capitol Police and all our first responders, including the Alexandria Police Department, the Alexandria Fire/EMS, and the Alexandria Sheriff's Department. Together, they did an outstanding job and saved lives. Their courage under fire is nothing less than remarkable.

As a city of kindness and compassion, we are blessed that our city is peaceful and resilient. The outpouring of love and support from the community and from around our nation demonstrates that we are all united against such acts of violence.

The FBI is in charge of the investigation. Our Alexandria Police Department, the Sheriff's Department, other public safety agencies, and any related city resources are fully deployed to help the FBI as they investigate.

There will be a walk of solidarity tonight in Del Ray and community healing events at different locations in our city. I encourage everyone to participate as we stand together.

We are all thinking of those who were injured.


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Getting things Done!




Maria Andrade and her sons, Hugo and Angel, with Allison Silberberg.

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In the spring 2015, Allison met with Maria Andrade and her two sons, Hugo and Angel. At age 7, Hugo (in the center) was trick-or-treating on Russell Road in 2013 when he was struck and nearly killed by a car. Despite three surgeries for a broken leg and kidney damage, Hugo, now age 9, has made a miraculous recovery and has shown great courage. Neighbors on Russell Road reached out to Allison for help. They banded together to make Russell Road safer.

   “Police reports indicate that over 80 accidents, including 16 hit-and-runs, occurred on Russell Road between 2005 and 2013 in which out-of-control vehicles rammed cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, trees, and even a house. However, despite these dangers, and our multiple appeals to the city for help in traffic calming since 2001, all we received were Band-aids.

“In the fall of 2013, we called and emailed several city officials in desperation after a harried delivery driver struck a 7-year-old trick-or-treater in front of our homes. Allison was the only one who personally responded. Not only did she respond, but she stood on our sidewalk during evening rush hour to truly understand the problem that we have been asking city officials to help solve for more than a decade. She worked tirelessly with us, our neighbors, city staff, and the local civic association. Within six months, she transformed our street. We are so grateful. Allison gets things done!”   

                                                 - Chris Tyson and many families of Russell Road

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A Champion for Citizens of All Ages



     Passionately committed to seniors, Allison Silberberg stands with supporter Mary Langley.


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Inclusiveness: Standing Together


At my suggestion, the Members of the Alexandria City Council and I issued the following statement on November 18, 2016, regarding our dedication to inclusiveness:

Alexandria, Virginia, is a city of kindness and compassion.

We are a thriving community of engaged residents with strong ideals of peace, community service, and both shared and diverse cultures.

Our city declares itself to be a hate-free zone. We are an accepting and embracing community where we treat each other with human dignity and respect. There is no place for intolerance in our community. This is a core value of our city.

In recent times, many of our neighbors, families and children have expressed fear and apprehension, and there has been an increase in hateful and dangerous speech and acts nationwide. Recognizing everyone's First Amendment right to freedom of speech, we are also dedicated to freedom from fear.

People of diverse culture, race, color, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and persons with disabilities live and work together in Alexandria and bring pride and prosperity to our community.

On behalf of the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Human Rights Commission, and the people we serve, we reaffirm our responsibility to ensure that each person within our jurisdiction is accorded equal protection under the law, including the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the United States and the Virginia Constitution, and those set forth in the Alexandria Human Rights Code.

We proclaim that we remain committed to diversity and to fostering an atmosphere of inclusiveness that respects the dignity and worth of every person without regard to race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or familial status, and we declare that we denounce hate speech, hate crimes, harassment, racial bias, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant activity, and harmful bias and discrimination in all forms.


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Recent Media Hits



  1. Alexandria Times: “Opinion: Pursuing a proactive, prudent budget

        (April 20, 2017)


  1. Alexandria Times: “Our View: Huzzah for the new veterans commission

        (December 9, 2016)


  1. Alexandria Gazette Packet: “My View: Tackling Sewage Issue Together

        (November 16, 2016)


  1. Alexandria Gazette Packet: “Column: What would Dr. King say?”

        (July 13, 2017)


  1. Alexandria Gazette Packet: Letter to the Editor & Editorial Cartoon on Page 8.

        (January 13, 2016)


  1. Alexandria Gazette Packet: “Alexandria: Big Trouble in Little Businesses

        (January 13, 2016)


  1. The Alexandria Times: “My View: A New Shared Sense of Purpose

        (January 8, 2016)

            Two Attachments:

            - Fauquier County’s Code of Ethics Resolution, adopted in 2004

            - October 28, 2008, Ethics Reform Memo from Councilmen

               Smedberg and Wilson and then-Councilman Krupicka

               Krupicka_Smedberg_Wilson_reform_proposals.pdf


  1. The Alexandria Times: “Our View: Alexandria Needs Ethics Reform

        (January 8, 2016)


  1. The Alexandria Times: “Mayor Allison Silberberg Rolls Out Ethics

        Proposal” (January 7, 2016)


  1. The Alexandria Times: “New City Council, Mayor Allison Silberberg

        sworn in” (January 7, 2016)


  1. Alexandria Gazette Packet: “Alexandria City Council Gears Up for New Year

        (January 6, 2016)


  1. The Installation/Swearing-In of the Alexandria City Council

        (January 4, 2016)


  1. The Washington Post: “Alexandria vice mayor wins top job

        (November 4, 2015)


  1. Alexandria Gazette Packet: “It’s Mayor Silberberg in Alexandria:

        A ‘new day’ for Silberberg marks an end of era for Mayor Euille

        (November 4, 2015)


  1. The Alexandria Times: “Allison Silberberg wins Mayoral Election, will be

            joined by six other Democrats on City Council” (November 3, 2015)


  1. The Alexandria Times: “Silberberg is a Champion for Local Schools

        by Eileen Cassidy Rivera (October 31, 2015)


  1. Alexandria Gazette Packet: “Time to Start a New Day” by Francis Bires

        (October 29, 2015)


   All Media Hits are on MEDIA.


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“Historic preservation is a core value of our community, and it needs to be a core value of our elected leadership. I will never sell City Hall.”

                                                                - Allison Silberberg


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Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg attended a Capitol Hill reception, which was hosted by Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner. (April 9, 2013)



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Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg spoke at the annual Street Smart Public Safety

event. (October 22, 2013)


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“City Hall is not separate from the people. City Hall is the people.”


                                                           - Allison Silberberg


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Contribute!


To support Allison’s campaign efforts

with a check or to give through ActBlue,

please see the CONTRIBUTE page.


Many thanks for the outpouring of support.

Every donation has impact and is greatly appreciated.


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Heartfelt Thanks to our Allison Brigade!

You Made a Huge Difference.


Big thanks to each of our volunteers,

including the Parkfairfax Brigade and the city-wide Allison Brigade.


Allison is grateful to our all-volunteer, grassroots campaign.

Thank you so much to the best team ever!


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Allison Silberberg with children who helped her campaign, handing out stickers and walking cards. (Early June 2012)



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“Silberberg has shown considerable courage as a council newcomer in standing against her fellow members on the waterfront redevelopment issue. We hope that other councilors will join her in working to ensure that the heart of Old Town remains livable.”     

                                                

                              - The Alexandria Times editorial, March 21, 2013


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Catch Allison!


In honor of Arbor Day, Allison Silberberg planted a Chinquapin oak tree in historic Parkfairfax at 3571 Martha Custis on April 27, 2012. This is the third tree Allison has dedicated in Parkfairfax, where she has lived for the past 20 years. Standing with Allison (left to right): Parkfairfax staff Trolley Faison, Paul Johnson and Donald Cunningham, Parkfairfax horticulturist Neal Howlett and Parkfairfax resident Scott Knudsen, who donated the tree for Allison to plant. Scott is the founder/director  of the Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale. Allison thanked Neal and Scott for working with her on this project and for donating their expertise, time and the tree. Allison dedicated the tree in memory of Remy Gunther-Brown, who had compassion and a big heart and who will be sorely missed. (1983 - 2012) (Photograph by Wayne Hulehan)  Read the story in Patch.



Allison’s Schedule



Please join Allison for her next


Mayor on Your Corner


in September 2017.


Date & Location to be announced.



Allison welcomes your input!



Share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns with Allison at her monthly

“Mayor on Your Corner” gatherings, which will be at a different local spot each time.


Pastries, coffee and juice will be served. A voluntary contribution of $5 is appreciated.


Many thanks to Union Street Public House, Clyde’s, Dos Amigos, Ramparts, Tempo, St. Elmo’s, and the Charles Houston Recreation Center for hosting our gatherings thus far!


Many thanks to all the folks who have joined us for each coffee. 


To let Allison Silberberg know your thoughts about an issue, to invite her to an event, to host a coffee or to get involved, please contact Allison at allison@allisonsilberberg.com.


Please go to the SCHEDULE page for a complete listing.


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Remembering the 2015 Campaign!


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Remembering the 2012 Campaign!


Click here to see photos and video from the 2012 Campaign.


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Learn about Allison’s Community Work & Public Service.


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Allison Silberberg thanked Alexandria firefighters for their service at the Friendship Firehouse picnic on September 23, 2012.

(Photo by Wayne Hulehan)

(Nothing contained herein implies an endorsement by the Alexandria Fire Department

or the City of Alexandria.)



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Allison Silberberg with Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe at a fundraiser for his gubernatorial race. (February  2013)


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“We have to ask ourselves, ‘What kind of a city and community do we want to live in?’ If we know our core of who we are, then we would know that we are not National Harbor and that BRAC should have never come to pass. To me, Alexandria is like Bedford Falls from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ and we should not try to be what we are not, which is Pottersville, which is fine for other communities but not for us. There is only one Alexandria, and we should stick to our knitting if our beloved city is going to survive another 400 years. It all starts with knowing your core vision. Alexandria needs leadership that has that core vision in the marrow of its bones.”

                                                                       - Allison Silberberg


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Allison Silberberg with Former Governor and Senator Tim Kaine, who is an outstanding U.S. Senator for Virginia, at the ADC’s JJ Dinner,

June 9, 2012.


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Allison Silberberg:  A Quick Bio

      

        Mayor of Alexandria, January 1, 2016 - present.     


        Won the General Election and became Mayor-elect of Alexandria,

            November 3, 2015. Read the 2015 Election results.


        Elected Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Alexandria, June 9, 2015.


        Vice Mayor of Alexandria. Elected to City Council on November 6, 2012.    


        Served as Secretary/Treasurer, a corporate officer, for the Metropolitan

            Washington Council of Governments, 2014.


        Published author with expertise in philanthropy, grant making, the

            nonprofit sector, and civic engagement.


        Author of two books, including “Visionaries In Our Midst: Ordinary People

            who are Changing our World,” which hit #1 on Amazon’s Philanthropy &

            Charity list. Named a Finalist for ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year

            Award in 2009. Her other book was a memoir that a philanthropic family

            commissioned Allison to write.


        The Society for Women’s Health Research, whose mission is to ensure that

            women are included in medical research, clinical trials, and drug testing,

            commissioned Allison to co-author a book. (To be published in early 2017.)


        Freelance writer/Communications consultant.


        Chair of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC),

            2010 - 2012. Appointed EOC member, 2004 - 2012. Focused

            EOC’s legislative priorities on affordable housing and job creation.


        Initiated and led EOC’s annual public service day, “All Hands on Deck,”

            which did a makeover of the Alexandria Community Shelter in 2011.


        Former Capitol Hill staff for Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen.


        Founded and led a nonprofit that mentored youth in Anacostia.


        25 years of community outreach work and public service.


        Launched and directed monthly charitable events that gave over $50,000

            to local nonprofits.


        Founding board member of the National Chamber Ensemble.


        Served as president of the board of the Georgetown Senior Center.


        Served on The World Bank’s Community Outreach Grants Committee.


        Longtime member, Alexandria Democratic Committee.


        Resident of Alexandria since 1989 and in historic Parkfairfax since 1992.


        B.A. in international relations and history, American University.


        M.F.A. in playwriting, UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television.


        - Learn more about Allison’s community work and political experience.

  

   - To read an in-depth biography, please visit the BIO page.



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Allison Silberberg with Delegate Charniele Herring at the Democratic Business Council

on October 5, 2012. The previous day, Delegate Herring gave a rousing introduction for

Allison at a fundraiser at Clyde’s, hosted by Jerry and Ed Bernier.

   

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Scooping ice cream and making a difference for Carpenter’s Shelter:  Allison Silberberg with Nathan Wilson and Natalie Battaglia, two employees of Ben & Jerry’s in Old Town, 2012.

(Photo by Courtney Bishop)







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June 14, 2017, was a shocking day for our beloved city and country.


We are keeping Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and all the shooting victims as well as their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.


We are deeply grateful to the U.S. Capitol Police and all our first responders, including the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Fire/EMS, and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department. Together, they saved lives. Their courage under fire was remarkable.

We are incredibly proud of all of you.

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