Has it been 4 years so soon? Yes it has. Now we must prepare to run a re election campaign. I am so grateful for the support that you have given me throughout this 1st term and I look forward to serving you for 4 more years!
I am a product of Wilmington, NC. I was born and raised here, and I am currently raising my family here. As a true Wilmingtonian, I take great pride in being from Wilmington. When there are moments of pride we experience them together, and when there are moments of sorrow, we experience them together as well. I have a vested interest in what happens here. My family, friends, and now my constituents are here.
I am concerned that we have settled on being a tourist town and in some aspects we have disregarded the futures of our residents who live here daily. Not saying that we aren't grateful for the people who contribute to the productivity of this community, but it seems that a precedence has been set for beach goers over actual residents. It is my fear that we have become complacent with societal and socio economic norms. Why aren't we trying to push Wilmington forward? Would we rather usher in prosperity than to create it through strategies of our own? My answer is no! Wilmington should be competitive with other major North Carolina cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham or Greensboro socially and economically. As your city councilman I want to see us compete with those cities. I want us to be innovative in the lives of our citizens. Wilmington needs to focus more on diversity and inclusion. We need to focus on things like better wages, the ability to provide for our families, affordable housing and most importantly, the safety of all citizens.
Ultimately, my foundation is hard work, community, and I am willing to fight to see Wilmington, NC be the best Wilmington, NC it can be!
Why City Council again? Because we still have to acknowledge that for all of the potential this city has, there are still negative issues here just as important. We still have issues here concerning the inability of some citizens to provide for their families. We also still have issues here concerning the safety of certain neighborhoods, and we still have issues of under representation, or the lack of an investment in all citizens. It is still my belief that as one of the more important cities in the state historically, we should be looking to return to a better time here (pre cout d'etat). That event turned the tables for everyone and some have yet to recover. I believe that we should encourage and promote stability for our citizens. We should be setting higher standards for how we live here with the hopes of being trendsetters nationally. We don't have to wait on the rest of the country before we decide to take care of everyone. Lets set the bar. An investment from our city (council) only creates upward social and economic mobility for everyone in our city!
For many years I have served my community as an activist/advocate by combating violence, especially youth gang violence. Through that journey I have found myself advocating for many families, friends and oftentimes total strangers. This advocacy has evolved into facing many other issues that are still community related. People reach out to me concerning school issues with administrators/teachers and parents/students. That relationship was fostered by my campaign for school board in 2016. I am also contacted for criminal justice issues and despite not having a law degree, just the understanding of advocating for yourself and others in a system that should be displaying blind and fair justice for everyone creates a real feel of community help. My passion for law comes from my mother having a career as a paralegal for many years and also the prominence that lawyers have in society. I have met with city officials for community concerns (my concerns too). I have also organized marches and rallies to represent peace throughout our city for us as citizens. I have served as a community liaison between our city's law enforcement and it's people by conducting community forums to foster positive interaction between the two. It is not foreign for officials to reach out to me for input and to gauge the feelings of citizens. This mindset was nurtured by my mentors.
Continuing to create a positive change in Wilmington is a goal of mine, and continuing to be a city council member is another step closer to fulfilling that goal.