Local housing affordability groups hosting mayoral and City Council forum this week

Advocates for greater affordable housing support at a City Council budget hearing (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

Those hoping to learn a little more about the candidates running for local office in Alexandria can do so later this week at a forum hosted by Tenants and Workers United.

The forum is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at the Tenants and Workers United, 3801 Mount Vernon Avenue. The rain location is the Del Ray United Methodist Church at 100 E Windsor Avenue.

Tenants and Workers United is an Alexandria-based group that advocates for low-income and immigrant communities. The group is frequently involved in advocacy at the city level for better funding for affordable housing programs.

Mayoral candidates include current Vice Mayor Amy Jackson, City Council member Alyia Gaskins, and local real estate developer Steven Peterson.

The forum will tackle questions about development, housing, transportation and more. Spanish interpretation will also be available.

“We want to provide an opportunity for low-income communities of color to hear directly from City Council and Mayoral candidates about the issues that are disproportionately, and gravely, impacting our families,” said Tenants and Workers United Lead Organizer Ingris Moran. “This event will also provide an opportunity for anyone concerned about social justice, racial equity, and the overall quality of life in our city to come and hear directly from the candidates about how they will address community-identified issues.”

Other groups co-hosting the event include Grassroots Alexandria and the Northern Virginia Branch of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America.

The forum is one of several planned around Alexandria, including an Alexandria NAACP debate on Thursday, May 9, and a VOICE candidates forum on May 11.

The Democratic primary for City Council is scheduled for June 18. Early voting is scheduled to start this Friday.