Bachelor of Arts, Business Management and Marketing, American Baptist College
TH.B in Theology, American Baptist College
Providing life insurance to local residents.
My passion has always been to serve my city. I have served as an elected official for the past 12 years, which includes the last 4 years for Metro Nashville Council. I served eight years as the executive committeemen for the Davidson County Democratic Party which is an elected official position by the Davidson County Election Commission. I have made great strides in the Second District working hard for our community moving the district to an equally prominent area in the Metro. I look eagerly to the future working hard for the people of District 2 for another four years.
My three highest priorities, if elected, are:
1. More efficient infrastructure to include adding side walks, guard rails, and street lights where needed in the district.
2. Coordinate meetings for district 2 constituents between the Mayors Office of Affordable Housing and the Metro Property Assessor.
3. Recruit more upscale businesses into the district.
The most pressing issues facing the public that I plan to address are:
1. Infrastructure development
2. Affordable housing
3. Addressing school failures within the district and what needs to be done to turn them around.
Vanderbilt University - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, African-American Studies May 2001
Vanderbilt Law School - Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 2004
Emory University - Master of Business Administration, 2009
University of Alabama School of Law - Master of Laws, Taxation, 2011
East Tennessee State University - Graduate Certificate, Health Care Management
I am a public servant with substantial government and legislative experience. I have nearly 15 years of experience as an attorney. Over 10 of those years have been with state government. I've been a managing attorney for over three years. I am used to working with government officials and advising them. I know how to bring people of diverse ideologies to the table to find solutions to complex problems. In my role as a government attorney, not only do I read, analyze, interpret, and advise on current law, I also read, analyze, interpret, and advise on proposed legislation. Thus, I play a role in shaping the law in my practice area. This past session, my team reviewed approximately 50 bills. Over the course of my career, I have reviewed hundreds of bills. I have also written and advocated for legislation that is became law. The Council is a legislative body. Serving on the Council would be an extension of my current career. Therefore, I am ready to lead on day one.
Equity, Affordability, and Safety:
Equity is responsible development that allows our local businesses to flourish while bringing in more restaurants, retail, and green spaces. It is development that respects the integrity of our historic neighborhoods. Equity is when our zoned schools have sufficient resources.
I want to maintain the affordability of our neighborhoods for current residents. I support young professionals, families, workers, and others having affordable places to live. Others are welcome to enjoy the beauty of living in District 2 without our district becoming a concentrated pocket of poverty with depressed home values.
Residents want to be safe. I will collaborate with community groups that are doing the work to address the root causes of crime in our community, and I want to make sure our first responders have needed resources. I will also work to get adequate sidewalks and crosswalks so that we can safely move about in our neighborhoods.
A couple of the most pressing issues in District 2 that I plan to address are 1) obtaining economic development without displacement and 2) improving infrastructure. Every other part of Nashville has experienced gentrification, which has resulted in the displacement of longtime residents. District 2 wants the retail, sit down dining options, green spaces, parks, etc. that exist in other parts of the city. However, the district wants to have those things on its own terms and in a way that respects the history and culture of the district. In addition to avoiding displacement, improving infrastructure is a concern. Many homeowners experience flooding in heavy rain. Residents cannot safely walk throughout their neighborhoods because there are not adequate sidewalks and crosswalks.