Alexandria City Councilwoman Del Pepper brought the atmosphere of to Mango Mike’s on Saturday for her re-election campaign kickoff.
With attendants dressed in green and performances from the Irish Breakfast Band and a team of Irish dancers, Pepper officially announced her bid to return to an office she’s held since 1985.
“I’ve really enjoyed this last term,” Pepper said. “People have said ‘You look like you really love it,’ and it’s true, I really do.”
On Saturday, the Democrat received endorsements from all four Alexandria mayors she’s served with, including current U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th).
“I think the slogan for this campaign is ‘Del Pepper: She’s there when you need her,’” Moran said. “She’s someone who knows and cares for this city. She works hard and she’s committed to every Alexandrian.”
Pepper listed improving transportation and pursuing the right kind of growth as two key goals.
She sees development as a matter of balance and said she believes that it should include the concepts of smart growth and should be done in “a way that is uniquely Alexandrian.”
She also touted Eco-City Alexandria, an initiative she started with Councilman Rob Krupicka that aims to put the city on a path toward environmental sustainability.
Pepper represents the city on more than 10 boards and groups, including the Mirant Community Monitoring Group. The efforts of that group were integral in shutting down GenOn’s Potomac River Generating Station, which will officially close in October.
“That whole site is going to open up and I want to be there to implement whatever plan is decided,” Pepper said.
She promised to keep listening “to all sides” and to make decisions in the name of “good government.”
Current Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and former City Manager Vola Lawson both offered their endorsements Saturday. Euille said Pepper is a consummate team player on council. Lawson said there is “no one better” when it comes to constituent services.
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