Ludwig Gaines '88 has won a seat on the City Council of Alexandria, Va. In the election May 6, the Democrats in Alexandria retained the mayor's office and gained all six seats on the City Council. The election and results were featured in the May 7 Washington Post, in the story “Alexandria Picks Euille as Mayor”. Related articles pertaining to the election were published in the Washington Post May 1, and gave biographies on the city council candidates, as well as general commentary on the race.
When asked what he thought was the most urgent problem facing the city, Gaines answered, “In these challenging times, the most urgent problem confronting Alexandria is maximizing the benefits of city spending: meeting critical infrastructure needs while producing government responsive to the many needs of its citizens. This election is about protecting and extending Alexandria's enviable quality of life. Along with its rich history, waterfront location and strong economic standing, Alexandria's neighborhoods are its anchors. Protecting those neighborhoods, extending opportunity and meeting the challenges of taxes, gridlock, public safety, affordable housing, diversity, open space and comprehensive land use planning, are at the heart of our leadership choices and city's future.”
Gaines is currently a law professor at the Howard University School of Law and a legal and policy consultant with Government & Business Solutions, Inc. (G&B Solutions), an information technology and management consultant company founded in Alexandria and based in McLean, Va. Gaines was elected second vice chair of the Alexandria United Way and vice president of the Alexandria NAACP. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Education Partnership, the board of trustees of the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Foundation, and the board of directors of the Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery (FFC).