Who am I?
Growing up in Farmville, I attended Prince Edward County Public Schools before studying political science at Norfolk State University. I began my public service career by serving as the National Director of Youth and College Voter Empowerment at the NAACP, outreach adviser to two Democratic Presidential Campaigns (including Dean for America), senior aide to three Members of Congress, National Director of Field and Political Programs at the National Black Justice Coalition and before launching my campaign I served as Assistant Executive Director at Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity.
Why am I running?
As you know, Virginia’s 60th District— like many other districts across the country — faces record unemployment, stagnant job markets and few opportunities for children to grow and prosper. The only way to ensure that Virginia moves forward is to provide leadership and increase opportunity for Virginia’s 60th District, the heart of Virginia. I am running because I have worked, listened, and talked with citizens all over the community that I grew up in about education, jobs, and economic opportunity, and our community deserves to have their voices heard in Richmond.
Investing in lifetime education, from early childhood through adulthood: One of our most valuable assets are our children. I will focus on legislation that will help prepare our children to become responsible adults and citizens and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to enable the 60th District localities the ability to compete in the new economy.
Ensuring access and opportunity to quality jobs in the 60th through the creation of a business climate characterized by a skilled, well-educated workforce, equitable tax policies, access to affordable, reliable, environmentally sustainable energy, and well-planned transportation and infrastructure.
My DFA Values
Although I am most known as an advocate and community organizer, having served in various volunteer leadership roles including as the President of the Virginia NAACP Youth and College Division, Vice President of the Virginia Young Democrats, Co-Organizer of the Virginia Student Leadership Alliance, member of the Governance Committee for the Virginia Housing Coalition and serving on the boards of Norfolk State University National Alumni Association, HOPE Community Services, and Virginia Jaycees (Junior Chamber) - the mission in my professional and public life is, and has been, focused on bringing everyone together to tackle the many universal issues facing us all.
My Campaign is People Powered!
My experience makes me uniquely qualified to represent Virginia’s 60th District. I have been successful building coalitions across diverse communities in order to foster a better understanding of the crucial roles and decisions within our government and how we can work together to increase access to employment, create opportunities for at risk youth, and bring people into the political movement by registering voters and organizing candidate and educational forums in communities all over the country. I have done this by building political and community strength through working relationships with local, state and national civil rights groups, labor organizations, and other community leaders as well as corporations and advocacy groups.