Mayoral Candidate–Alexandria: Bill Euille
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Mayoral Candidate–Alexandria: Bill Euille

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Bill Euille



Age: 65

Family: Single

Education: B.S. Accounting

Offices held, dates: School Board (1974-1984), City Council (1994-2003), and Mayor (2003- Present)

Occupation and relevant experience: Businessman

Community involvement: The William D. Euille Foundation, which he founded in 1994; the Alexandria Boys and Girls Club; the American Heart Association; 1998-2000 Chairman of the Alexandria United Way Campaign; INOVA Hospital Health System Board; Hopkins House Association; 2001 Chairman of the NOVA Urban League Board of Directors; Alexandria Community Trust; and the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.

Website: billeuille.com

Email address: eric.williams@billeuille.com

Twitter handle: BillEuille

Name three favorite endorsements: NOVA Association of Realtors, Delegate Rob Krupicka & Former Mayor Kerry Donley

QUESTIONS:

What is one issue that defines your call to serve, why does it matter, and how will you tackle it?

Alexandria is my hometown. I grew up in public housing and the odds were stacked against me. I wanted to serve so that I could make a difference in our community, by ensuring the success of everyone, and I’ve served my community for more than 40 years. I will keep fighting and serving to see that Alexandria continues to move forward.

What distinguishes you from your opponent(s) and why should voters choose you?

I have the experience as Mayor and proven leadership. I will not go quietly into the night when our jobs, kids’ education, affordable housing, public safety and quality of life is at risk, due to novice hands and untested leadership. I’ve built consensus with my colleagues and together we’ve got things done.

Beyond funding, how else can city government help the school system?

We must continue to advocate for community and parental involvement. Also, we should be key spokesmen for our school system, voicing and celebrating at their successes.

How do you convince citizens that you are truly listening to them even when you have to disagree with them?

By doing what I have always done, being accessible and meeting with citizens to discuss and address their concerns.

Any number of economic hiccups beyond the city's control (federal government, economic downturn, etc.) could force re-ordering of city budget priorities. For reductions, which three areas would you turn to first?

If there was any issue, our first priority is to exhaust every resource before making reductions. But my top three (in no specific order) would be Consulting Contracts, Vacant/Unfilled Positions, and Travel/Meetings and Conferences.

If you were given $1 million to spend any way you would like for the betterment of the city, how would you spend it?

I would spend it on funding pre-k initiatives, address homelessness challenges, donate to affordable housing, and provide assistance for our seniors.