I first moved to Washington, DC in 1978 to attend Howard University. Four years later I graduated with a degree in Political Science and a fiancée, Patricia, a sixth generation Washingtonian. Less than a year later we were married. I have gone on to earn two Master’s Degrees, one from the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary, and the other from the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Patricia and I have been married now for 35 years, and have been blessed with four children, a daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter. When it was time for us to purchase a home, we bought a house in what was then Ward 6, now Ward 7. We still live in that home with Clarita, our adopted cat, and Sophie, our Labradoodle.
From raising money to help young people showcase their talents, to working with the community to improve public safety, I have been always active in social, community and civic endeavors.
I am running to be an At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia because I believe in DC. DC has been a wonderful place for us to raise our family. Our children attended DC public and/or public charter schools. They have all gone on to earn at least a Bachelor’s degree. I want to see those same opportunities made available to all children in Washington, DC.
The current Council has abdicated its responsibility to provide oversight and instead has become a rubber-stamp for the Mayor. Over-taxing DC residents must end. Access to medical care is not readily accessible to all residents. The maternal/child death rate in Washington, DC is unacceptable; a zip code should not determine whether one lives or dies. Control of public education must be wrested away from the Mayor and a duly elected School Board should be reconstituted.
I believe the best days for Washington, DC are in front of us. I believe by working together we can close the education gap. I believe we can increase the health outcomes for our children and seniors. I believe we can lower some and eliminate other taxes and fees entirely. I believe one person can make a difference. I am that person.