What or who inspired you to get involved in politics?
At an early age, I decided I wanted to become involved in politics. In middle and high school, I became involved in student government issues. Growing up, my parents discussed politics at the dinner table. I was interested and subsequently inspired by the stories they shared. Being a husband and father of two has motivated me to enter public service. Because of the values and civic activism my parents instilled in me, I strongly believe if we want to see change in our neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties and states, we must be that change and the impetus of change we want to see.
Why are you a Democrat?
As a fifth generation Floridian, I come from a long line of committed and dedicated Democrats. I became a Democrat because I believe in the party’s principles and its long history of social progression and its opposition to social injustice. I support the party’s core values: its dedication to strengthening families and communities, its advocacy for civil and equal rights for all regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and the right for all Americans to achieve the American Dream and pursue a meaningful life. Democrats have long been known as the party of reason. We form our opinions based on evidence. Our values are born from compassion and empathy for our fellow citizen-farmers, union workers, minorities, et al. It is our responsibility as a community to ensure that tomorrow's generation is prepared for the potential problems that they may inherit. Democrats for generations have believed in helping those in need, especially through programs designed to alleviate poverty. It has been our Party’s obligation to leave the world a better place for future generations.
What advice would you give to young people that want to run for public office?
I encourage our youth to seek opportunities for civic participation. I encourage the youth to be engaged in the political process and to require that their family, and friends stay informed on political issues and vote. The greater your participation, the better chance our community will have to thrive in the years to come. Today’s youth are all capable of being productive citizens and great leaders that will make a difference. Our democracy and our voice depend on it. The choices and decision we make in choosing future leaders will impact the opportunities that will be available for tomorrow.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a time to honor the legacies of women and men of African descent who overcame tremendous adversities to improve the quality of life for people of color in the United States of America. Black History Month is my favorite month of the year. It’s the month where Americans can rededicate ourselves and offers an opportunity to honor the contributions of African-Americans throughout our nation's history and celebrate how far we have come in the fight for equality and inspire others to pursue their dreams of achievement and excellence.