When I announced my intention to run for Ward 6 City Councilor this year, the Geneva City Democratic Committee had not yet endorsed a candidate. The committee eventually selected Juanita Aikens to run in Ward 6, and I knew it was time for me to step out of the race and throw my full support behind Juanita for the November election. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported me in my brief campaign, and let you all know that Ward 6 will be in very good hands if Juanita wins in November.
Juanita will be (and already is) a passionate and vocal advocate for the people of the 6th Ward. She is a nurse, a community organizer and leader, and is deeply connected to the people in the ward she’s aiming to serve in 2020. Her experience and qualifications are remarkable.
Vote Juanita for Ward 6!
In the 6th Ward, JUANITA AIKENS will make her first bid for City Council. An active volunteer and community leader, Juanita is the founder and president of the Ontario County Justice Coalition (“Seeking Justice Equality and Unity throughout OUR Community”). She also founded the Annual Unification Day at Gulvin Park and is a representative of the East Lake View Neighborhood Association. Juanita volunteers for the Geneva Youth Football and Cheerleading League, Angels for Ashley, Central Western AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and Finger Lakes Elite AAU and is active in the United Christian Leadership Ministries. Juanita is a member of the National Action Network (NAN) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She was an active member of the human rights commission. She is motivated in all of her community efforts, she says, “by my ongoing goal to unite the community and embrace difference.”
Juanita grew up in Border City and attended Waterloo schools. She graduated from Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES in 1993 and completed L.P.N. from their School of Practical Nursing in 1994. She received an A.A.S. and A.A. in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Finger Lakes Community College in 1997 and 1998. Juanita earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) from Keuka College in 2002, a master’s in nursing education (M.S.N. Ed.) from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2013 and has completed her first year of the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) program at the University of Rochester. Her dedication to the nursing profession is evident in her membership in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Nurses Association (ANA), the National League for Nursing (NLN), and Nurses Service Organization (NSO).
Juanita has completed the New York State Partners in Policymaking Program through Cornell University and the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Center and holds numerous certifications for substance abuse counseling. She is employed at Finger Lakes Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA).
The daughter of Howard and Ida Mae Aikens, Juanita has three sisters, Wanda White, Cassandra Nathan and Sonya Jackson. She and her husband Raymond Sims live on East North Street and are parents to Ashley, Angela and Raymond Jr. They are the proud grandparents of their first granddaughter Ziyah Marie Sims.