As the governing body of the City of Alexandria, City Council determines the needs to be addressed and the degree of service to be provided by the administrative branch of the City government.
The Mayor is elected on a separate ballot from the other members of Council every three years, at the same election. The Mayor presides over meetings of the Council and serves as the ceremonial head of government. The Mayor does not have the power to veto Council action. Council members traditionally choose the person receiving the most votes in the election to serve as Vice Mayor. In the absence or disability of the Mayor, the Vice Mayor performs the mayoral duties. Any in-term vacancy is filled by a special election unless the vacancy occurs within six months of the end of the term, at which time a judicial appointment is made. More About City Government...
To reach the Mayor and Members of City Council, call 703.746.4500, or send a group e-mail to the Mayor and Members of City Council. To email a Member or Aide individually, use the links within each bio below. Biographical information presented here is provided by City Council staff.
City Council Meetings
The Alexandria City Council welcomes public input on matters of concern to the community. To speak at a meeting of City Council, go to the docket for that meeting. If the meeting will include an opportunity for public comment, it will be noted near the top of the docket. All those wishing to speak at a meeting, must register in advance.
Review upcoming and archived meeting dockets, agendas, and minutes; watch live and archived meeting webcasts; and check the calendar schedules for City Council meetings and work sessions.
Speak at a Meeting
- Complete a speaker's form online at least one day ahead or at the meeting before speaking
- Call the City Clerk's Office at 703.746.4550
Members of City Council
Mayor Justin M. Wilson
With a commitment to ensuring every child’s opportunity at success, protecting Alexandria’s long-term fiscal health and investing in the infrastructure that improves our quality of life, Justin Wilson was elected Mayor of the City of Alexandria in November of 2018.
Vice Mayor Amy B. Jackson
Amy B. Jackson was elected to City Council on November 6, 2018, to serve a three-year term from 2019 through 2021. As a member of City Council, Jackson serves on a variety of local and regional boards: The City Manager’s Quality of Life Committee, City Corps Council, INOVA Alexandria Hospital Task Force, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, Combined Sewer Outfall Project Review Team Workgroup, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee, Potomac Watershed Roundtable, Gang Prevention Community Task Force, and the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission.
Councilman Canek Aguirre
Canek Aguirre was elected on November 6, 2018, to serve a three-year term on City Council from 2019 through 2021. He is the first Latino elected to City Council. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Canek is the son of Mexican immigrants who instilled in him the importance of hard work, education, and giving back to the community. He is committed to increasing housing opportunities throughout the city, investing in our public schools and infrastructure, eliminating health inequities to improve health outcomes, and ensuring the voices and concerns of all residents are at the table during the decision-making process.
Councilmember Sarah R. Bagley
Photo and bio coming soon.
Councilman John Taylor Chapman
John Taylor Chapman was first elected to City Council in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2015 and November 2018. As a third-term member of City Council, he has previously served on the following local and regional boards: the Local Emergency Planning Committee; Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors; Eco-City Alexandria Environmental Action Plan Steering Committee; Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy; Gang Prevention Task Force; and the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission. John currently serves on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Public Safety and Human Services Committee, Sister Cities Committee, City/School Subcommittee, ARHA Task Force; AEDP Board of Directors, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Transportation Commission and the City Naming Committee.
Councilwoman Alyia Gaskins
Alyia Gaskins, a tenacious fighter for families, communities, and health equity, was elected to City Council in 2021 and is serving her first three-year term. She is dedicated to building a healthier, more prosperous Alexandria for all.
Councilman R. Kirk McPike
Photo and bio coming soon.
City Council Work Program
- Approved 2019 Alexandria City Council Work Program
- Memorandum: Proposed City Council Work Program for 2019
- Monthly Schedule: 2019 Alexandria City Council Work Program
Pursuant to §2.2-3115 of the Code of Virginia, incumbent members of City Council file a Statement of Economic Interests with the City Clerk. The filing is due annually on or before January 15.
View the campaign finance reports for candidates for Alexandria City Council.