PENNSYLVANIA congressional candidate Alexandra Hunt is attempting to bring about change in her state by impeaching Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans.
Despite her desire for change, many are focused on her past, something she hopes won’t get in her way in the primary.
Who Is Congressional Candidate Alexandra Hunt?
Alexandra Hunt, 29, is best known as a congressional candidate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd congressional district.
Growing up, she was inspired to become an advocate and fight for change after seeing the systemic obstacles her twin brother faced due to his learning disability, according to her bio.
She is reportedly running for Congress on a progressive platform because she “believes our politicians should fight for systemic change to ensure equal opportunity and justice for all.”
Outside of politics, Hunt is known as a public health researcher and as a girls’ soccer coach.
What have people said about Alexandra Hunt?
Just days before the primary, Hunt commented on the media’s representation of her, claiming that her “sexist reporting” compromised her qualifications.
The coverage she speaks about relates to articles published by the New York Post and Fox News that highlight her earlier OnlyFans career.
“My name has been cleared and I’m ‘The Former Stripper,'” she told NPR.
She later explained that her decision to open an OnlyFans account was an attempt to “push back” on an online troll who stated they’d look forward to her starting one if she loses the race.
“So I made an OnlyFans to push back on this troll, but also to push back on the stigma that this is something to be ashamed of, this would disqualify me as a candidate or as a politician,” Hunt continued. “Because it isn’t and shouldn’t be.”
Hunt’s campaign later released a statement on the account, showing that it helped her raise funds to run for Congress.
“Alexandra’s OnlyFans is her personal account and she speaks about the campaign as it’s part of her life. She shares her opinions, views, campaign updates, thoughts, memes or anything else,” the email read, per NPR.
“She also shared photos and videos of herself. She has also sent out pay-per-view content which has raised a significant sum for her.”
Despite the backlash she has faced, some say Hunt’s campaign is a step in the right direction when it comes to how far politics has come overall.
“Ten or 20 years ago, she couldn’t even run,” said Jennifer Lawless, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia.
“It is a step forward in itself that someone from this background feels safe and qualified to run for office. I think that shows some progress.”
Running alongside Hunt in the Democratic primary are Dwight Evans and Michael Cogbill.
What is Alexandra Hunt fighting for?
Hunt has based her campaign on society’s values and is fighting to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Some of the things she is fighting for are universal health care, criminal justice reform, climate change mitigation, tuition-free public colleges, and racial justice.
She also campaigns for abortion rights and has spoken out about the damage the Roe v. Wade amid the leaked Supreme Court document.
In an Instagram video, Hunt opened up about her past, revealing that she had an abortion when she was 18, making matters all the more personal.
“I was 18, I wasn’t able or ready to carry a fetus or deliver a child,” Hunt says in the video.
“My election was painful, but the constitution guaranteed it was my election. Now, in many places, it won’t be because of a radical Supreme Court and complacent politicians who didn’t take this threat seriously.”
She continued, “We must be relentless on the offensive to secure our rights, but we need a brave new generation of fighters in Congress.”
Hunt’s campaign also includes changes to the Covid-19 and pandemic response.
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