Canek is the first Latino ever to serve on the Alexandria City Council. 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, investing in our public schools and infrastructure, and eliminating health inequities.
A member of numerous boards and commissions in the region prior to his election, he has made it a priority to give back to his adopted community. Canek successfully led the City of Alexandria’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee to achieve a 100% count of all households and secure federal funding for the next decade. He is a rising leader in transportation, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Chair of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s Access for All Advisory Committee, and as an alternate on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board.
In his professional capacity, Canek works to increase access to care and improve health outcomes for Medicaid populations throughout Northern Virginia. Prior to this, he spent three years serving students and families in Alexandria City Public Schools. Canek has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people for the Hispanic community in the Washington, D.C., metro area, and as one of Alexandria's 40 under 40 honorees. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.