Charlotte's Favorite Conservative
I am a Husband. I am a Father. And I am a Proud Christian. To know me is to know my family, my values, and my infectious personality (according to others).
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to North Carolina as fast as I could at the age of six. I am a byproduct of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as I was a student of Ranson Middle School, Phillip O’Berry and North Meck High School. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Go 49ers!) with a B.A. in Political Science and Government.
I started my first job at the age of fifteen. I was given the opportunity of a paid Summer internship with Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated in Charlotte. For some reason, they kept bringing me back each summer and hired me full-time in the middle of my first college semester. I am proud to say that I still work with Consolidated today. I currently work in the Culture, Engagement & Stewardship department where we cultivate a culture of 16,000 servant leaders by empowering them to serve their communities with their time, talent, and treasure.
One of the things I often reflect on in my childhood is how in my teenage years I always had this knack to “work”. My father had no issues with my motivation and drive and he graciously accepted and nursed my desire to work. I will never forget going out to eat as a fifteen-year-old and watching as the family - younger and older siblings- placed orders and when the server finally took my order, my father allowed me to pick up my own tab each time to teach me the value of a dollar. Through little lessons like that growing up, I have been able to define my success through hard work, responsibility, accountability, stewardship and so much more.
I have a success story, one right here in the city of Charlotte, but my secret was a strong support system - my father in my case. When I look around I don’t always see that same success manifested in the lives of others who come from various walks of life, backgrounds, and social economic conditions. As your next City Council member for district 4, I would like to change that.
I believe Charlotte should and can be a city that promotes families, and encourages present fathers, and values education with an emphasis on practical life skills, while realizing that success is not defined on the outcome, success is defined as the opportunity to work towards that outcome.