In today’s political arena, we have a tendency to cast votes along party lines instead of voting for candidates that are qualified to hold a certain seat. The same is true in local politics. It is extremely important that we, as a local community, must not vote blindly along party lines but, instead, reprogram ourselves and vote for candidates that we feel are qualified and will be assets to our city.
The business community is quite influential when it comes to electing leaders in our local elections. Entrepreneurs carefully evaluate candidates to determine their abilities to be pro-business and overall, a best fit for our city. Unfortunately, party-line politics still plays a role within the business community.
As an entrepreneur, I urge my fellow colleagues, regardless of party affiliation, to erase the line that separates the red and the blue and vote for what our businesses and residents need and an overall good fit for city. As the founder of Alexandria Cupcake, along with my colleague Fernando Torrez (founder of NanoTech Computers), I am publicly endorsing Elizabeth Bennett-Parker for City Council and Christopher Harris for School Board.
Elizabeth Bennett-Parker has the ideal mindset for streamlining the processes that businesses face within our city. She is a small business creator who understands the needs of business owners. Having a pro-business mindset, Elizabeth supports streamlining zoning and licensing procedures; bringing high-speed broadband; A-frame signs and the value they bring to businesses; and attracting more visitors to our city. She is an ideal candidate to promote the growth of business in our community.
Christopher Harris, being an entrepreneur himself, understands the strong nexus between education and the business leaders it creates. A product of our local school system, Chris is well aware of the needs of specialized programs within our school system that will groom and raise the future business leaders of Alexandria.
I hope you will join me on Nov. 6 in supporting Elizabeth Bennett-Parker for City Council and Christopher Harris for School Board. Remember, vote local.
Adnan M. Hamidi
Founder of Alexandria Cupcake