Norfolk is a city reinventing itself. Every week, you can see this community coming alive and starting to recognize its greatness—more businesses trying new things, more people and bikes on our streets, more murals on our walls.
And yet for all that I love about this place and the positive ways we’re changing, what I still love most is our untapped potential. We’ve only just begun to unlock the greatness of this city, and our best days are still to come if we embrace new ideas and new energy from our community.
I’m writing to ask you to join me in voting on May 3rd for Andria McClellan, a candidate for our city council in Super Ward 6 whom I believe well-represents that new energy and those new ideas that will further transform this city.
Andria is a smart, passionate, and thoughtful leader who has impacted this community across a host of important organizations, boards, and initiatives. Her professional accolades are as noteworthy as her personal accomplishments, with three bright children, all of whom will be in Norfolk’s public school system next year. I have great confidence in Andria’s vision for our city, and in her willingness to bring a renewed sense of urgency to our council on our most pressing issues.
On those issues, we should be as optimistic as we should be impatient; we can be better, faster. Our schools need catalytic change to return to greatness. Our preparations for sea-level rise must be inventive and swift. Our beaches at Ocean View should become a most-treasured asset, as should our Elizabeth River Trail. Our technology infrastructure must be upgraded and opened to competition to better serve our next generation of businesses and residents. And to capitalize on our position as the most bikeable, walkable city in this region, our street infrastructure should better reflect those priorities.
Each of these important issues requires transformative and not incremental change. In my own civic endeavors, I’ve sometimes seen great ideas slow to a crawl, or fall victim to dated thinking and entrenched relationships. New ideas and new energy are the solution.
I’m very thankful for our elected leadership past and present, including Mr. Winn, who has faithfully served Super Ward 6 for nearly two decades, and whom I consider a friend. And thankful as I am, I believe it’s time to pass the torch to the city’s next generation of leadership.
However you vote, I can’t stress to you enough the importance of doing so in these upcoming elections. Our local government has an immediate impact on your quality of life, and the degree to which we’ll realize our city’s true potential.
Please join me in voting on May 3rd for Norfolk’s city council and school board elections, and I hope you’ll join me in voting for Andria McClellan in Super Ward 6.