Why am I Running for Mayor?
As the son of two Southern activists who grew up in Georgia during the days of Jim Crow, community activism is in my blood. When I was a boy, my mother would take me with her to volunteer at the local NAACP and canvass neighborhoods to register voters. She also took me to PTA meetings where she fought for black educators to get tenure, advocated to get minority students access to AP classes, and fought to appoint Dr. Edith V. Francis as Ewing’s first African American superintendent of schools.
When I went away to college, I continued these efforts, registering voters in the south, and working on local issue with the student government association. I moved back to Trenton, where I continued my community involvement with my family’s church, Shiloh Baptist Church.
I continued my philanthropic involvement, working with my different organizations in Trenton and Ewing over the past 30 years. Most recently, working the Mercer County Pan-Hellenic Council, where we tripled our philanthropic involvement and raised thousands of dollars for minority scholarships to send kids to school. We fed the homeless, gave out thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, went Christmas caroling, went to Water’s Edge, rehabilitation/nursing homes, we’d bring gifts to senior citizens and the sick and shut in, and sing them Christmas songs.
This community has given me so much, and I want to continue to give back to the community. I have concrete ideas on how to improve safety, public services, and quality of life for the people of Trenton. Having worked in the New Jersey State Assembly, and served as the Deputy Mercer County Clerk, I know about building relationships, and leading employees to give constituents their best results. At the County’s Clerks office, I transformed the culture into one of service. As a proven manager, I am dedicated to the people of Trenton, and I hope you will give me an opportunity to prove that I can deliver the results our community has needed for many years.