Establishing Roots in Virginia
I graduated from Westfield High School, and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and certification in Project Management from Virginia State University. Currently, I work as a financial advisor and small business owner. I’m also involved in various nonprofit organizations, including the NAACP, the Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievers, and the Petersburg Wellness Consortium.
Having moved around quite a bit as a child, my family finally settled in Virginia during my 8th-grade year, where I initially felt like an outcast. Growing up as a black man with Dominican and Jamaican heritage, I faced obstacles in connecting with the Hispanic community due to my inability to speak Spanish and experienced social barriers in school due to my unfamiliarity with Black American culture. My multicultural background has given me a unique perspective on the challenges faced by people of color in our society, including racism and discrimination.
These experiences have given me a unique perspective on the issues facing our district.
Why I Am Running
The reason I decided to run for senate is simple: I want to ensure that the future for my family, and for all families in our district, is bright.
My wife and I have had candid conversations about what that would look like for our [future] children. Socially, educationally, and for their own mental health, we need to make sure all children have the best possible future.
Les Brown’s quote “Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you will end up among the stars” resonates deeply with me. It embodies my positive and determined attitude towards life and inspires me to aim high and push myself to reach new heights. Even if I fall short of my initial goals, I believe that I can still achieve great things and surpass my own expectations. I have learned to see failure as an opportunity for growth, and to persevere in the face of challenges. In all aspects of my life, I strive for excellence and never settle for less.
Overall, I believe that with my experience, determination, and dedication, I have what it takes to be the voice that our district needs in the general assembly.