Canek Aguirre Announces Campaign for Alexandria City Council

Canek Aguirre Announces Campaign for Alexandria City Council
First-time candidate enters Democratic primary

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Canek Aguirre —a community advocate and first-generation American—formally announced his bid for Alexandria City Council in an address to local Democrats on Wednesday. In announcing his candidacy, Aguirre highlighted his background supporting underserved communities in Northern Virginia.

“I have seen many of the issues our city is grappling with, and they certainly aren’t easy problems to solve,” said Aguirre. “But having those difficult conversations requires all voices, including perspectives from people who don’t always get a seat at the table.”

In his professional capacity, Aguirre works to increase access to care and improve health outcomes for Medicaid populations throughout Northern Virginia. Prior to this, he spent three years helping students and families navigate the Alexandria City Public School system.

Aguirre currently serves as the Chair of the City of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission, President of the Tenants and Workers United (TWU) Board of Directors, and Vice Chairman of the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia (HSANV) Board of Directors. He is on the Leadership Council for the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) and serves on the Steering Committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria. In 2016, Aguirre was appointed to the Virginia Board of Social Work by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Aguirre will host a campaign kickoff event on February 10th to meet with voters and discuss his priorities: affordable housing, education, and health.

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