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Letter to the Editor: Why Alexandria Needs Allison Silberberg

Former Alexandria School Board member Eileen Cassidy Rivera offers her endorsement of Democrat Allison Silberberg for City Council.

To the editor,

I’ve known Allison Silberberg for more than 30 years. I wish I could say we’re only 31, but it seems like yesterday when Allison and I used to live in the same dormitory at American University. We’d have fun conversations going back and forth to campus while we were both pursuing our undergraduate degrees in international studies. During late nights when I worked as a desk receptionist in the dorm, Allison used to stop by and chat while we’d eagerly await the delivery of fresh Krispy Kreme donuts!

Allison went on to accomplish great things with her many talents and has dedicated her life to helping others. From serving as Founder/Executive Director of Lights, Camera, Action!, where she mentored youth in Anacostia, to her leadership of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission where she established the organization’s annual public service day, “All Hands on Deck,” and led the makeover of the Alexandria Community Shelter, Allison never stops thinking about what can be done to help our community’s most vulnerable citizens. She has an uncanny ability to listen, take action and circle around to make sure what she’s doing is having impact. 

Throughout her life, Allison has proven she’s a passionate advocate for affordable housing and job creation. She has effectively applied her strong communications skills to achieving what many can only dream of, such as writing the highly acclaimed book, "Visionaries In Our Midst," a fabulous book that profiles everyday individuals making a difference in their local communities. It’s not surprising Allison authored a book about community heroes, as she in fact is one herself in Alexandria.

Allison is exactly the kind of leader Alexandria needs on our City Council. She’s smart, funny, thoughtful, considerate, kind, compassionate and downright authentic with boundless energy. She never stops thinking about what can be done to make Alexandria a better place to live, work and raise a family.

In an era when far too few women hold public office, Allison is “a voice of reason,” as our beloved former Mayor/State Senator Patsy Ticer has called her. On Alexandria City Council, she will make a big difference for our community’s children, families, senior citizens and hard-working women and men. She’s been endorsed by teachers, Alexandria’s Committee of Police Local 5, Alexandria’s Virginia Labor Federation AFL-CIO, Virginia Partisans – PAC of the LGBT Democrats of Virginia, EMILY’s List, and a long list of trusted and respected political leaders across the region. 

Alexandria needs Allison Silberberg on our City Council. Please vote for Allison on November 6.  

Eileen Cassidy Rivera
Former Alexandria School Board member (2006-09)

Ken Hill October 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM
No question in my mind that Allison Silberberg is needed on our City Council! A fresh voice, a new perspective and a sterling record of achievement. I've only known Allison for a few months but I've been duly impressed! Impressive qualities and qualifications! Ken Hill
Jon Rosenbaum October 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Exactly what "great things" does Allison want to achieve and how does she plan to accomplish them? And what are her positions on issues that do not concern just the poor? While I am pretty sure she will win a council seat and will probably vote for all the Dems, I am not impressed by her seeming anti-development stance. She does not seem to understand that development creates jobs for the poor and taxes to pay for services. Populism and pandering make me uncomfortable, and that is why I plan not to vote for McDonald and, yes, his Republican allies.
oldtowner October 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I tend to agree with Jon R. a bit on this. I have been repeatedly troubled by Allison's comparison of the Alexandria waterfront to National Harbor. No plan ever put forward made Alexandria look like National Harbor. One can only assume either she is unfamiliar with the plans, or she is pandering to the anti-development folks. I'm sure she is a nice person, but am troubled by her stance on this.
Chip Carlin October 24, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I have gotten to know Allison Silberberg since the first ADC primary debate back in the early spring. As a native, born here in 1953, I have offered her my own perspectives having seen the City change and grow over those years. We have talked about many many things. The challenges our youth face today in a culture of violence and disrespect, the importance of ongoing urban redevelopment and growth of the tax base, the schools, city finances and budget / tax issues. etc. I have full confidence in her abilities to provide strong and well reasoned leadership to the City. Chip Carlin
oldtowner October 24, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Quote from Allison S. in earlier Patch article: “We should pause and get it right," she said. "While National Harbor is great to some people, there are thousands of National Harbors. There is only one Old Town.” I don't like National Harbor and have lived in Old Town for many years. But I don't like this kind of "scare" rhetoric. Until she changes her mind on this, can't vote for her.

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