sTATE House Representative District 54

Voters of District 54,

I’m running to be your State Representative because I’ve preparing myself to service in the legislature since I was in college. When I was majoring in Criminal Justice, I took a course in legislative process. At that time, I decided to also, get a degree in Political Science.  I went on to obtain a law degree from Howard University.

My first job after obtaining my law degree was on the legal staff of the Tennessee Legislature. I’m the only candidate for State House District 54 who can begin working to serve you, right after I’m sworn in!!!  I will draft five pieces of legislation before the first ballot is casted in this election.

My mother raised nine children as a single parent and she taught us the value of education, commitment to community and hard work.  My brothers and I heeded her advise and counsel: 4 of my 5 brothers have college degrees and/or advance degrees.  All of my brothers and myself have served in the military: 4 out of 5 of us retired from the military and the other is a disable veteran.

The most important lesson my mother, Elizabeth, taught me was 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’ My father was a United Automotive Worker for General Motors and supported worker’s rights, as I have as an attorney.

Working class families are facing economic disparities in their daily lives, particularly in healthcare, housing, education and fair wages.   I will work for better pay for our teachers, expand Medicare, put an end to state efforts to privatize public jobs and fix our crumbling infrastructure

We are in a state of emergency and the legislature has not only a political obligation but a moral obligation to address these problems head on with strong leadership.

I humbly ask for your vote and support on August 2nd.

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The Power of Education!

I will propose to create a system that will encourage teachers to use methods of instruction that is proven to reach a child where s/he is to teach that child, so that that child will realize his/her potential within the school system. As a product of the public-school system and having had three daughters to have graduated from high school with honors, I know and understand that all children don’t learn the same.


Fighting for freedom!

I want to keep our state and nation strong! I have been fighting for the working family for over 30 years as an attorney, by making sure victims get what they are entitled to. I have used my talent and skills to pave the way for others by raising scholarship money for student at Tennessee State University as a Foundation Board member, for the last 10 years.  

As a young college student, I enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard because I wanted to protect and serve my country. Now is the time to put the experience of a retired military veteran and an experience attorney, elect me to work for you.

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