"I was born and raised in the city of Lakeland and I know the problems that face the people of our community because I've faced many of those same problems myself. Everyone in Lakeland deserves an equal chance in getting a foothold on the path to success and I intend to give them that chance.
Nobody wins if we don't all work together to make a difference in our community!"
I believe that community and political leaders must provide the youth and young adults with an expanding business community, good paying jobs and a safe place to live. I believe that State, County and City Governments need to work together to provide both a location where businesses can expand and an educated workforce that enhances their chances for success.
I am also a participating member of a number of committees in Lakeland who partner with the Lakeland Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County School System to break the cycle of gang violence that plagues our community.
I believe that the bipartisan plan to accept billions of dollars in Federal Medicaid expansion money is the best way to subsidize quality private health coverage for those who cannot afford it.
I have a passionate dedication to giving the youth of today opportunities to succeed instead of fail. This allows them to be productive members of our community rather than just a meaningless statistic on the nightly news. This dedication has driven me to obtain a Doctoral Degree in Education but I didn’t stop there. I returned to Lakeland and now serve as an administrator in the Polk County School District.