How long have you lived in the community:
Answer: I have spent the last 20 years of my adult life in the city of Racine. I spent my childhood growing up in the Caledonia area and attended all Racine unified schools.
What position are you running for?*:
Answer: I am running for Racine County Board Supervisor for the 9th District.
Have you ever held an elected office position before?* Yes or No
If so, what position(s) were you elected to?*:
Answer: Vice-President of the Racine Branch of the NAACP
In thinking about your election bid, what top three issued need to be addressed?*:
I will be looking to increase training and access to livable wage jobs. Current efforts are going on such as Uplift 900, and assistance to getting to job sites such as “Commute to Careers.” My questions include how can efforts be more effective, and what other possibilities should we be exploring.
Criminal Justice Reform
With our area having one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation, attention needs to be given to evidence-based practices that keep communities safe, which includes reducing barriers to successful rehabilitation, and transition back into the community.
Greater access and equity in educational opportunities will be vital to the future success of Racine. Positive things are happening through efforts like Higher Expectations, and the Racine County GED/HSD Initiative. Besides these efforts, I want to increase education success stories by reaching more people in the community.
How would you plan to address those issues?*:
Answer: Referring to what I mentioned earlier, I would be looking at the effectiveness of what is currently being done, and ways to improve. I would also be open to listening and learning from what others have to say on the issues.
In reference to those issues you have identified, what would success look like to you in making an impact?*:
Answer: Success would mean a diverse city and county that is thriving; where every community member is benefiting from increased opportunities, and quality of life.
Why are those issues important to you?*:
Answer: Addressing these important issues can have a big, positive impact on Racine; a place I love and choose to call home and raise a family.
At the end of your term, what would you like to have accomplished?*:
Answer: I would just like to see tangible progress in the areas I have identified, and a more prosperous, flourishing place to live.
Why should people vote for you?*:
Answer: I have proven my commitment to Racine through my work in the community. My past efforts include work with the Focus on Fathers Initiative of the Racine YMCA and 5 years on the board of directors of the Racine Literacy Council. I believe in collaborative efforts to impact Racine for positive change, and being a voice for the constituents I would be serving.
What is your educational background?*:
Answer: I have a degree in Political Science from Marquette University and a Masters in School Administration from Carthage College. I am currently finishing terminal studies at National Louis University.
What civic organizations do you belong to?
Answer: I chair the Education and Youth Wave Team of Visioning a Greater Racine, and sit on the executive board of Racine Branch of the NAACP.