City of Alexandria vs. Commonwealth of Virginia: new governing dynamics

The new year brings a new dynamic between the local government of the City of Alexandria and its relationship with Richmond. With the swearing in of a Republican governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general at the state-level, it’s no secret that the dynamic of the local, Democratic leadership in Alexandria with the Commonwealth is bound to change.

Late last year, the Mayor of Alexandria, Justin Wilson, outlined areas of potential common ground with then Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin.  One of these areas of potential collaboration was the preservation and expansion of Alexandria’s local authority. However, since taking office, we’ve now seen the actual dynamics and disagreements starting to play out regarding policy and executive orders. As the city and state-wide leadership find themselves at odds pertaining to certain topics: how will local and state governments work together?

Agenda Alexandria will take a look into this new dynamic on how the local and state governments will work together, even in the face of policy conflicts that can and will arise. Ultimately, the question stands: how will our community be impacted by the disagreements of our local and state governing bodies for the next four years?


  • Sarah Taylor, Legislative Director for the City of Alexandria
  • Former Delegate Mark Levine
  • Michael Leaser, Director of External Relations, The Family Foundation
  • Michael Ginsberg, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at CACI International Inc


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If you are attending in person, you are cordially invited for a brief social gathering at 6:30pm prior to the start of the program.

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Welcome to Agenda: Alexandria, Alexandria’s premier organization exploring the issues that our City and our community face.  Join us for our monthly programs to better understand the issues. – Ricardo Alfaro, Chair

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