Candidate for District 51
Ken Boddye is a community association insurance underwriter and marketer who resides in Woodbridge. Ken and his fiancée have lived in Westridge for over a year and have fallen in love with the area. He devotes his time to political activism, community organizing around issues of wealth inequality and social justice, and mentoring people of various grade levels on creative and collaborative writing. Ken is a member of the NAACP and works as an advocate to support our first responders and to combat homelessness and poverty in the community.
Ken was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he had to navigate the challenging social dynamic of being bi-racial in a city where hundreds of cultures and ethnicities intersect. He had his first experiences with the political process and community organizing during his time as a high school student in West Hollywood. His commitment to academics and hard work led to his acceptance at the prestigious Georgetown University, which led to his relocation to the East Coast.
In spite of his family's economic situation Ken pushed forward, securing enough funding through scholarships, student loans, and part-time jobs to complete his post-secondary education. Ken graduated from Georgetown with a Bachelor's in Political Science with minors in English and Japanese. Throughout his college career, Ken kept engaged with politics by taking classes and getting involved with Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Ken moved to New Mexico to work as a community organizer, fighting for health insurance reform, to ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care services. He demonstrated his organizing and leadership ability in this role, coordinating more than 50 volunteers throughout Albuquerque.
After his time in New Mexico, Ken re-entered the private sector and worked in Florida for six years. During his time there, he continued to stay engaged in politics by working with gubernatorial campaigns as well as President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Ken then followed professional opportunities that allowed him to return to the Northern Virginia area. Recalling the time he had spent here during his college days, he wanted to set down roots in the Commonwealth because of its diversity, engaging communities, scenic natural areas, and rich history. Ken is proud to call the 51st House of Delegates district his home.
Ken Boddye cares deeply about the many challenges facing the citizens of the 51st District, relating to both Virginia natives and transplants. As Delegate, Ken will fight for issues important to his constituents and all Virginians.
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