Why I'm Running

I grew up on Chicago’s South Side.
While some areas are more prosperous, filled with working families with stable jobs, too many parts of the community that I grew up in have been ignored for too long, with few resources and too little hope.

My mother was a Chicago public school teacher, and my father was a city inspector. My dad passed away when I was young, but I was still more fortunate than many of my neighbors. I had a support system to fall back on in difficult times. My mother, extended family, and the men and women in my community stepped in to fill the void. They ensured that I had the resources I needed to thrive. They made certain that I had access to educational and employment opportunities, good healthcare options, and a safe place to live and grow. That’s not the case for too many of our youth.

I’m running for 5th district state representative because I know things could have turned out very differently for me. I believe that government has a responsibility to provide its citizens with an environment for them to live healthy, happy, and productive lives. As a lifelong Chicagoan, I know that each community has its own challenges - some neighborhoods need business development strategies while others need support for their social service organizations, and still others need the peace of mind to walk around their communities safely. I want to support our residents by being their advocate, by hearing their concerns and telling their stories, and pulling in the resources we need to thrive.I know the district’s residents not only because I have lived in the district for some time, but also by serving 5th district residents through my small business. I serve people struggling to experience and protect their prosperity. For some, prosperity is a struggle to achieve something that for too long has been denied. I want to help residents protect and grow their prosperity by helping to shape a community built on economic growth and development, employment, and support for essential social services.

I will fight to bring prosperity to all the residents of the 5th District.