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Unspun: Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Name William D. Euille

Age 59

Home Alexandria

Occupation Mayor

If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy?

I'd probably just make sure I had a house, a car and enough money to travel and enjoy life. I'd probably like to journey to Asia and the Caribbean, the South American continent.

The issue you care about most?

That every individual has the opportunity to have a place they call home, and a decent home -- something where, whether they own it or they rent it, at least they can have a lot of pride and respect and feel comfortable.

BlackBerry or iPhone?

BlackBerry.

The best advice you ever received?

My high school band director said to me that I needed to change my attitude. . . . I was stubborn and had an attitude problem all the way up to my senior year. But when I graduated, those words stuck with me. . . . and I immediately changed my attitude and became a very different person. I realized the world wasn't about me; it was about everybody.

How do you exercise?

I work out at the local YMCA a few blocks from my home. I'm committed to it, and as a result, for the past two years I've maintained my weight at about 165, which is almost a 60-pound reduction from where I first started.

If you weren't in politics, what would you most like to be doing?

I think if I had to do it all over again, I'd go back to school and train to become an attorney.

What's on top of your reading pile?

"The Peebles Principles: Tales and Tactics From an Entrepreneur's Life of Winning Deals, Succeeding in Business, and Creating a Fortune From Scratch" by R. Donahue Peebles.

TV show you couldn't miss as a kid?

The one that I just couldn't miss was "Lassie."

Your guilty food indulgence?

I'm an ice cream freak. . . . My favorite flavor is vanilla.

Tell us about your biggest goof.

Gosh, I'd hate to sound foolish that I'm a perfect individual, but I really can't think of one. Obviously, you do silly things from time to time, but I wouldn't characterize it as a goof. I would have to admit that, for the past 15 years I've been in politics, you sort of do a lot of things to prevent from making mistakes, to have committed a goof.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I'm really into a lot of Gospel and jazz.

What was your favorite game or activity as a kid?

My favorite game was Monopoly -- and I probably won more often than not.

What do you know now about politics that you wish someone had told you when you started?

I probably wish that folks would have informed me how public service can be addictive, to the extent that pretty much you spend so much time and commitment and dedication to doing your job as a public servant . . . that you sometimes neglect your immediate family members. You get swallowed up; you really do.

-- Interview by Fredrick Kunkle

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