If you left the city of Norfolk in May of 2000 and returned for the first time today, you would have a hard time believing what has been accomplished in the intervening years.
- Our downtown serves as a shining example of what urban development can be when vision is paired with steady leadership.
- We have a thriving arts district in NEON, which showcases the creativity of our citizenry and brings attention to our world-class arts scene.
- Wards Corner has and is continuing to see a renaissance.
- At Broad Creek two of the city’s largest public housing projects have been reformed into a mixed-income neighborhood, anchored by the Salvation Army’s Joan and Ray Kroc center.
- We have built a Light Rail starter line and completed the stunning Elizabeth River Trail, the first steps in making our city a more bike and pedestrian-friendly place.
This is just a small sampling of the many positive changes that have happened in our city over the last sixteen years. These developments all have two things in common: they have helped to define Norfolk as an amazing place to work and live, and none of them would have come to fruition without the tireless leadership of Barclay Winn.
It is on behalf of my friend Barclay that I write this letter, to urge you, his constituents, to join me on May 3rd in voting to re-elect him as city councilman of Superward 6.
Barclay is a man of the people, and is known for giving out his cell phone number to everyone and anyone, (757) 636-3434. He does not believe in dodging or screening phone calls either. If for whatever reason he cannot answer your call and you leave a message, you will get a call back within twenty-four hours. Barclay works for you, and he takes this obligation seriously.
During his tenure on the council Barclay has led the resurgence of downtown, helping to add over 5000 new residents and numerous new and innovative businesses, restaurants and shops. The herculean efforts undertaken there have not only been a major boon to our tax base, but they have also begun to attract attention from a wider audience, with multinational companies like ADP choosing to locate new operations in our beautiful city. Speaking of tax base, Barclay also played a major role in the redevelopment of East Ocean View. Since the revitalization, East Beach has increased its value on the tax rolls tenfold. He has done all this while reducing the real estate tax rate from a crippling $1.40 per dollar of assessed value to a more reasonable $1.15 PDAV.
Service is his calling in life. During his tenure on the council he has also been a voice for and promoter of many charitable organizations, including the Tidewater Chapter of the Red Cross (whose board he twice chaired), the MacArthur Foundation, and Physicians for Peace. He cares deeply about this city and strives to be an advocate for all of its residents, not just those that live in his district. The fruits of his labor at Broad Creek have been recognized and copied in many cities across the country, a great example of what can be done when public and private forces work together for the common good.
Probably the most endearing thing about Barclay is that he would never tell you any of this. He is a quiet and humble man who does not tout his accomplishments; he just rolls up his sleeves and goes to work for us every day. He doesn’t make empty political promises either; he just gets results.
Please help Barclay to continue the unprecedented momentum Norfolk has built, by joining me and voting for him on Tuesday, May 3rd.