When my wife, Evelyn, and I moved our son and daughter to Wilmington several years ago, we knew it was our forever home.
I grew up on a tobacco farm in Farmville, Virginia, the middle child of two educators. During my upbringing, I was taught the meaning of hard work by parents who loved me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams and try to make the world a better place. In my professional life, which has spanned the private and nonprofit sectors, I’ve learned to build consensus and work with people that I don’t always agree with for the common good. I’m excited to put those skills to work for you on the Wilmington City Council.
Our greatest asset in Wilmington is our people. As our region experiences growth, we need to make sure that the businesses that we attract to the region offer quality, high-paying jobs for Wilmington residents.
Our small businesses are the engines of job creation, and it is critical that we invest in them. I support business incubation programs that can create generational prosperity for our residents.
Juvenile crime is a problem in our community. On the City Council, I will work with community partners to develop and support programs for our youth to keep them away from crime.
The Opioid Crisis hurts and kills so many of our family and neighbors here in Wilmington. We need to take the problem seriously and invest in harm reduction and treatment programs for those struggling with substance abuse.
In order to retain quality public servants, we need to take care of them. That means increased funding for first responder health and well-being, including for personal safety equipment and mental health services.
Right here in Wilmington, our friends and neighbors are being priced out of our community. We must take aggressive steps to increase the amount of affordable units in our community, and bridge the gap for our workforce.
We need to put homeownership in reach for all Wilmingtonians by expanding programs like the Home Ownership Pool, allowing more of our residents to take part in the American Dream.
We need to care for our neighbors experiencing homelessness with compassion by matching them with the resources that they need.