Baltimore is my home. I was born here, raised here, and I proudly live here today. I grew up in Bridgeview-Greenlawn, a small community in West Baltimore along Bentalou and Edmonson Avenues. The neighborhood is lined with beautiful row homes surrounding James Mosher Little League’s baseball field, and is not far from Carver High School. Like many young people my age, I was raised by my mother with the help of my grandparents, aunts and uncles. Because my mother also suffered from MS, there were times we needed the help of my neighbors with tasks small and large. Without fail they were there for us, and for each other. They took pride in our community and were committed to its future. My neighbors were proud of the life they had painstakingly earned for themselves and their families. They were retired educators from the City School System, members of the civil service, laborers at Bethlehem Steel, and held other bygone jobs.
As our neighborhood faced the challenges of urban life in the 1990s including encroaching open-air drug markets, increasing crime, and underserved youth, these men and women fought back with love and a commitment to progress. They held community clean-ups to rid the area of blight and trash, established a scholarship award that was given to young people graduating from high school, and hounded the Western District Police Commander at the slightest sight of drug activity in the area.
My community’s commitment and investment in me and all young people growing up in the area is what inspires me to fight for our city and its future as a member of the House of Delegates representing the 40th District in Annapolis. We need more people fighting for the real needs of all families throughout Baltimore. We need leaders fighting to ensure Baltimore gets a just investment in its future.
My life’s work is about making our future, that of Baltimore and all people, especially the disadvantaged, stronger through economic opportunity and justice. My success in this life has been ground by the opportunities afforded to me from the hard work of my family and community. I was educated by the Baltimore City Public School system where I attend James Mosher Elementary School, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School, and graduated from Baltimore City College High School. My first job was to deliver my community association’s newsletters to the homes in the area. From there I spent afternoons following school working as a youth and community organizer with the Safe and Sound Campaign. It was in that role that I first learned how to work with our community leaders to make our neighborhoods stronger.
I continued my education as an undergraduate of Franklin Pierce College and graduate student at Baruch College, City University of New York. I continued my career in public service after completing my education and have been honored to work closely with leaders like Attorney General Brian Frosh to stand up to the Trump Administration and fight for equality and justice. I’m proud to work to make Baltimore stronger. I love our neighborhoods and I’m proud to be a part of this community.