know about Former Stripper, Now Pennsylvania Democratic Candidate, Supports Black Reparations
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WPHL) – A former stripper from New York City is running as a Democratic candidate for Congress in Philadelphia’s 3rd District.
Alexandra Hunt, 28, wants to show Philadelphia voters in the 3rd Ward that she’s not afraid to speak up for the people. Hunt spoke to the Philadelphia Democratic Caucus on Saturday, knowing they would not endorse her.
“The people of this district deserve someone to come forward, especially when it’s tough,” Hunt said. “Someone who is not afraid of the powerful.”
Hunt is an advocate for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. He became very passionate about these concerns when he attended a suburban school while living in inner-city Rochester, New York.
Due to her past, Hunt knows that some people will be hesitant to give her a chance, but she is determined to finish this race strong.
It was there that he said he noticed the inequity in available resources, education, housing and job opportunities between the suburbs and the city.
According to her website, Hunt fell in love with Philadelphia after graduating from Temple University with a Master of Public Health. She was a stripper in college to pay for her needs as a student.
“I’ve been a stripper, I’m a sexual assault survivor, and I’ve had an abortion,” Hunt said. “My story is also the story of so many others. Never again will they be able to force us to live in the shadows, ashamed of our lived experiences.”
Hunt comes to terms with her past to prove she is human. She wants to show others that your past should not define the person you are today.
Now, she is trying to be the voice of a district with some recent problems.
She speaks on many topics ranging from women’s rights, racial justice, housing as a human right, education reform, and more. One issue that is often unseen and unheard of, however, is that of black reparations.
Hunt is pushing to reinvest $15 billion in Black America. She says this money is overdue because the United States never gave it to the descendants of enslaved people who suffered generations from the compounding impact of national failure.
Hunt says, “This money will go toward re-establishing the Bureau of Freedmen’s Affairs, which will lead to new developments to close the $14-16 billion racial wealth gap.”
Hunt’s campaign believes that investing in the black community ultimately helps make America stronger.
On Hunt’s website, it states: “The Bureau of Freedmen Affairs will be endowed with the resources to help African Americans learn about their lineage and ancestry, but the efforts will not end there. The office will also be empowered to collect data on Black-owned businesses and businesses that employ a high percentage of Black Americans so that federal contracts can be targeted toward those businesses as well. It will also be charged with helping black Americans fully exercise their rights, from helping them vote to collecting other benefits they qualify for.”
Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District primary is scheduled for May 17, 2022, while the general election is scheduled for November 8, 2022.
Incumbent Dwight Evans, Michael Cogbill, Alexandra Hunt and Melvin Prince Johnson are running in the Democratic primary for PA-03.