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Ethics. Transparency. Accountability.

Alexandrians Deserve a Better Government

For Better Alexandria Government seeks to recognize 2021 Mayoral and City Council candidates, regardless of their political affiliation, who incorporate the following four objective criteria into their candidate platforms:
 

  • Honors and respects City of Alexandria constituents as a sacred trust.

  • Supports the continued historic preservation of our City.

  • Strives to maintain a high quality of life for City of Alexandria constituents.

  • Integrates ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability to their constituents into their daily duties as a member of the City Council. 

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For Better Alexandria Government

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Alexandria Constituents' Bill of Rights

 

The Alexandria Constituents' Bill of Rights is an action taken by For Better Alexandria Government to ensure that our City leaders are accountable to their constituents, and to each other as City Council, City Staff, and City Board & Commission members. 



The text of the Alexandria Constituents' Bill of Rights are as follows:


As City of Alexandria constituents, we have a right to representation by City Council members who:
 

  1. Publicly disclose any and all campaign donations, or in-kind contributions, from land-use developers, or from their legal representatives consistent with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Act of 2006.
     

  2. Enforce that City Council and City Board and Commission members disclose and recuse themselves from any conflicts of interest with any individual or organization bringing business that results in financial gain before the City of Alexandria, in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act of 2005.
     

  3. Weigh constituent interests and concerns when the City has a proposal, or when any individual or organization is bringing business that results in financial gain before the City Council, City Staff, and City Board and Commission members.
     

  4. Enforce the publishing of all government communications in plain language where communications are clear, concise, organized, and accessible to constituents.
     

  5. Enforce the issuance of regular and timely communication of any changes in City government activities through direct mail, and through print and electronic media.
     

  6. Ensure that constituents are treated respectfully by any applicant and their representatives conducting business with the City of Alexandria.
     

  7. Ensure that City staff respond to constituent inquiries within a reasonable time period confirming that constituent voices and concerns are acknowledged regarding the City of Alexandria's activities.
     

  8. Regularly seek input from constituents on City of Alexandria’s activities, and to provide timely communication and updates to all City of Alexandria neighborhoods. 
     

  9. Ensure that City Council decisions protect the vibrant, historic City of Alexandria and create an economically and environmentally stable future.
     

  10. Strictly adhere to Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution of Virginia to recognize that constituents are the source of their elected power.

 

For Better Alexandria Government shared a copy of the Alexandria Constituents' Bill of Rights with every 2021 Mayoral and City Council candidates for their consideration to sign.  

The Alexandria Constituents' Bill of Rights also informs Alexandria constituents of their inherent rights as City residents, and what Alexandria constituents should expect from their elected, and unelected City leaders.


Lastly, the Alexandria Constituents' Bill of Rights serve as a pledge by 2021 Mayoral and City Council candidates to incorporate ethics, integrity, and accountability into their political campaigns to potentially serve as elected representatives of the City of Alexandria. 

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