Alex will be the youngest openly LGBTQ person ever elected to the U.S Congress
Alex’s story in the 1st congressional district starts in a Holyoke housing project where his parents met and fell in love. His interest in public service brought him to Brown University, and led him to become the first member of his family to earn a college degree. Alex’s vision for organizing and helping his hometown led him to announce his candidacy for mayor of Holyoke at age 21. He has served as Holyoke’s mayor since 2012, winning four elections during his time in City Hall.
Elected at 22, Alex is the youngest and first openly gay mayor in the history of the city of Holyoke. Since taking office, Alex has spearheaded the city’s economic rebirth in the vision of a new generation using Holyoke’s unique assets: renewable energy and existing infrastructure, to prepare the city for the coming climate change demands. Millions of public and private dollars have grown downtown with green energy projects.
As Mayor, Alex implemented and defended a needle exchange program to fight the scourge of the opioid epidemic, and opened the city’s arms in welcome to hundreds of Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria. He has been a steadfast defender of reproductive justice, a leader for affordable housing solutions, and he was the very first politician in the state to endorse marijuana legalization. Alex is a leading champion for progressive values.