Why I Am Running
Eighteen months ago I wasn't thinking about running for office. I was a father of three wonderful kids who attend public school in DC, a soccer coach, a youth leader at my church, and a mortgage banker. I was busy working to make my kids’ school, our neighborhood, and our city a better place.
I decided to run for the D.C. Council because I grew frustrated with roadblocks and ambivalence from many of our local elected officials who forgot that they were public servants. This city doesn't need any more leaders that serve themselves and their personal ambitions – but rather leaders that serve the people.
I'm running to give residents a choice--a choice between politics as usual, or the opportunity to elect a councilman with in-depth experience on most of the key issues facing the city. I have a track record of producing results and a vested interest in restoring the trust and solving the problems in this city.
For twenty years I have worked on and helped solve problems in Housing Affordability, Education, and the Building of Strong Neighborhoods . These are issues that too many people face every day.
During my career as a Mortgage Consultant I have helped hundreds of people buy their first home, like my sister-in-law who is a social worker. Eight years ago I pushed her to buy, and now her mortgage is half of what she would have to pay in rent. Every day I talk to people who want to stay in the District but are finding it increasingly impossible to afford it.
My son Kai has always been great at math but struggled with reading due to a speech impediment. As his math work moved into word problems, he began to struggle in that area as well. He was supposedly getting help with his speech issues in the school, but it wasn't until we changed schools and he was assigned a more experienced speech and reading specialist that his reading ability soared. Too many kids across the city have challenges like Kai, but are in schools with less experienced staff—and that’s wrong.
Ten years ago I started a Real Estate Development company and built it into a multimillion dollar business. Then I ran into the Great Recession. I know the struggles of small business because I’ve built businesses and lost businesses and learned the lessons of being down and having to fight to get back up again. I can not only relate, but also am determined to help those who are financially struggling, receive the skills needed to lift themselves back up like I was able to do.
My mother, who lives with us, had a severe stroke three years ago that left her paralyzed on one side of her body. Every day I am inspired by her fight to walk again. I am also a witness to seniors who want to age in place and live with dignity, but must face the reality of insufficient programs and resources.
When I talk about the most pressing issues facing this city in my HELPS plan, I’m not talking in clichés. Every day I live and work on the issues that many of us collectively face. Solving these problems is personal to me.
I am running because I am on a “Mission of a Lifetime” to help solve these problems. I need your support, and your vote.