Alexandria, VA – Today, the LGBTQ Victory Fund – the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to public office – endorsed Democratic candidate Kirk McPike for Alexandria City Council. The endorsement signals Victory Fund’s confidence that Kirk is well-positioned to win the council race and will be a strong voice for equality once elected.
"LGBTQ Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Kirk McPike for Alexandria City Council," said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. "Kirk will bring unique skills, valuable experience, and a commitment to inclusion and transparency to the Alexandria City Council. When Kirk wins the June primary and November general election he will restore LGBTQ representation on Alexandria's City Council."
LGBTQ people remain severely underrepresented in government nationwide – holding just 0.18 percent of elected positions despite representing at least 4.5 percent of the U.S. population, according to Gallup.
As an openly LGBTQ leader, Kirk will be an unwavering voice for equality on the Alexandria City Council. His priorities in office will include supporting our public education system, affordable housing, and increasing transparency in city government.
“On the City Council I’ll work to ensure that Alexandria remains a welcoming place for LGBTQ people, and that we continue to lead the way when it comes to inclusivity and embracing the diversity of our community,” said Kirk McPike.
Earlier this year, the city of Alexandria received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ Municipal Equality Index for its policies to protect LGBTQ city employees and residents against discrimination. Only one other city in the Commonwealth of Virginia achieved this distinction.
Victory Fund will promote Kirk’s endorsement among its hundreds of thousands of supporters nationwide. More information about Victory Fund can be found at victoryfund.org. More information about Kirk McPike's campaign for Alexandria City Council can be found at KirkMcPike.com
Democrat Kirk McPike announced today that he is running for Alexandria City Council in the June 8, 2021, primary. He also announced that State Senator Adam Ebbin and Alexandria School Board Member Jacinta Greene would serve as co-chairs of his campaign committee.
Kirk and his husband, Cantor Jason Kaufman, live in the Seminary Hill neighborhood of Alexandria’s West End. Kirk is a member of the city’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee and previously served as chair of the Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission.
In his professional life, Kirk is chief of staff to Congressman Mark Takano, a leading progressive Democrat in the United States House and chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
“I am running for City Council to ensure that Alexandria will be an even better place to live, work, and raise a family in the future than it is today. That means bringing a renewed focus on our schools, housing affordability and transparency to the council,” McPike said. “As our city recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need leaders who are ready for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. My experience on commissions that deal with housing affordability and the city budget, along with my work in legislative offices, have prepared me to serve on the City Council in these trying times.”
State Senator Adam Ebbin and School Board Member Jacinta Greene enthusiastically endorsed Kirk’s candidacy.
“Kirk is a problem solver, creative thinker, and a community-minded advocate. He will work hard to advance Alexandria's progressive values and keep our city a fun and thriving place to live. He will be a great addition to the City Council,” Ebbin said.
“Kirk knows that a strong public education system is vital if we want our city to thrive. He will fight to ensure that our schools are at the forefront of planning decisions, so that all children in Alexandria have the opportunity to succeed,” Greene said.
Kirk is running for City Council to be an advocate for Alexandria’s school system, to fight to keep Alexandria a great place to live, and to improve communication between the city and its residents.
Kirk will hold an online campaign launch event in February and is looking forward to opportunities to speak with people from across Alexandria about the future of the city. For more information about Kirk and his candidacy, please visit www.kirkmcpike.com.