Last night, surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors, I was proud to launch a community-focused campaign for State Representative, District 91. I’m grateful to all of our supporters for their energy and excitement.
In the hundreds of conversations I’ve had over the last year preparing for this campaign, my love for New Orleans has grown stronger as I have seen the best of our city: a vibrant and diverse community united by many of the same things.
A little about me: I’m a father, husband, son, brother and proud Democrat. My wife Ayame and daughter Ansley mean everything to me. Born and raised in New Orleans in the Marigny, I am also the son of two small business owners. I’ve campaigned and worked for Democratic candidates and elected officials my entire life, formed with a strong sense of protecting the most vulnerable amongst us.
District 91 includes Hollygrove, Gert Town, Irish Channel, Fontainebleau, Marlyville, Broadmoor, River Garden, Uptown, and the Lower Garden District. And although it’s a diverse district, I’ve learned that we are more alike than we are different. We truly all want the same things for our city, our neighborhoods and our families: a safe community, good schools, affordable housing, job opportunities that create generational wealth, and reliable transportation and infrastructure.
We’re also bound together by our love for New Orleans, our commitment to improving block-by-block, and the fundamental belief in helping one another. I am running for office because there are critical issues in Baton Rouge that require leadership so that we can deliver positive change in District 91:
- Stabilizing our state revenue streams in a way that does not put an outsized burden on the working-class.
- Reforming the criminal justice system so that it is fair.
- Investing in mental healthcare and substance abuse programs. My mother suffered with both before taking her own life, and this issue is very personal to me.
- Prioritizing families by investing in education, particularly early childhood education, and taking care of working moms and dads.
Winning will require significant work. But looking around that room last night and talking to neighbors across this city, I am truly humbled by the impressive collection of friends supporting our campaign and their collective energy. Imagine what we can do by working together over the next several months.
I hope I can count on your support.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you.