As I think about the qualifications beyond the standard baseline requirements for office, I consider the transferable skillsets I employ as a Husband, Father, Barber, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Educator, and Business Owner. As a Husband and Father I protect and provide for my family, only wanting their well-being and success in return, it is my sincere hope that they have the best outcome for their lives and I'm willing to put my life on the line for it.
As a Barber, I provide a service for my clients that they do not trust many to render. It’s a trust factor that is called when the most important moments occur in people’s life, weddings, graduation, new job and etc. . I also serve as a confidant to my customers, sharing intimate or personal life's circumstances which allows me to connect on a more personal level. I can recall once having an older client at the beginning of their journey with Alzheimer's. I noticed a change in his habits and conversation when he would come into the shop. I called his family to make them aware of my concerns and they told me how they too had noticed symptoms but it was difficult to have that conversation, as they were all in denial but an earnest conversation an concern began to bring the truth to light which showed me the value of community and compassion.
As a Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Educator I listen to and learn from the people I serve. I believe in building a relationship and rapport with my clients, mentees, and students. Teaching gives me the opportunity to be apart of the development of a person’s confidence and self-awareness. I reach people where they are, while empowering them to find the answers that lie within. As a Business Owner, I've created jobs, managed careers, and maintained a variety of commercial spaces successfully. My personal and professional level of Financially Responsibility is exemplified in my business endeavors that operate simultaneously, without debt, other than monthly overhead operating expenses.
Servant leadership is the fabric of my overall qualifications. I serve and service others for a living, it's my life's work and a virtue I strive for daily. Keeping my various businesses vibrant and thriving, while balancing a family of six, and honoring my family duties, has allowed me to learn the value of balance, and long-range planning. True leaders, lead with service, not just serving as a leader. If a city is a “Business” then all its the citizens are the top priority to the success of the business. I am looking forward to serving the great people of North Augusta with fresh ideas, youthful energy, and a heart for this wonderful community in which my family, friends, and colleagues also reside. I am ready to serve North Augusta as the next Mayor, and lead as we become the change we want to see.
The overarching message and campaign of ''The Triple C's'; City, Community, and Culture” is how I aspire to address the issues plaguing the growth of North Augusta. I believe inclusion is the key to the success of our city. Our city’s leaders should reflect the demographic and evolving makeup of our city. I would like to see “Single Member Districts” implemented to ensure everyone has a voice and representation on the city level. I want to bridge the gap with open and regular communication. Weekly messages from the Mayor, monthly meet and greets, quarterly town halls, and current events that allows our community to come together. With the growing number of youths and our need to retain them, we should develop a youth council, to involve them in the evolution of our city, which one day they will be responsible for leading. I want to make our youth feel as if this also their city by recognizing the many accomplishments of them beginning with formally acknowledge the Lady Yellow Jackets of North Augusta High School as four-year state champions in basketball (2017-2020).
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
Development is a huge issue here in North Augusta and while growth is inevitable it should also be inclusive and beneficial to as many as possible. I plan to diversify development, leveraging the opportunity zones in the community to create public-private partnerships, creating revenue driving assets that invite sustainable innovation to our city. I want to see our city mature in areas of history and culture with its very own museum, in addition to the Arts and Heritage Center. This allows us to showcase our city's past, present, and future. Other ways we can invite community stakeholders are festivals, fairs and seasonal events that add more “community” to our community calendar.
There are many areas in the city that are under-served and undeveloped. We can grow our city without bombarding our neighborhoods. A community as robust as ours is long overdue for a dynamic eating district with table service restaurants. The mission here is to draw vendors who have a heart for culture, quality, and diversity in dining experiences. We need to encourage growth to other areas of town, decentralizing activity in one part of town. I want to also begin transitioning the City of North Augusta, thoughtfully and strategically, into a “Clean and Green City”, as we rely heavily on the beautiful outdoors and environment for our health & wellness, recreational activities, and commerce.
SENIOR CITIZENS IN OUR COMMUNITY- THE BOOMER PROJECT
Those born from 1946-1964, -while our parents and grandparents are getting older, they're living longer. We want to ensure our elders have the resources for every facet of their lives; those raising grandchildren, taking care of their sick, and special needs adult children. A place designated for their social and recreational activities, and volunteer opportunities.
If I had a one million dollar grant, I would spend it...
1. Homeownership education-owning a home is the first step to acquiring wealth. I think it's important to educate the community on the importance of homeownership and it's tangibility. People owning their property could curtail a plethora of issues; poverty, crime, declining property value, etc.
2. Investing into businesses like Gary's Hamburgers, The Northside Lanes bowling alley, for facility upgrades, beautification, and or expansion. Gary's started in North Augusta, and have experienced some hardship lately, being short staffed and overworked. I look at the transition of the old Brunswick bowling in Augusta, now Bowlero! I envision something like that with Northside lanes here in North Augusta for families and residents here to be able to 'play at home'.
3. Create a grant fund/project for small and locally owned businesses in the city to help them sustain or enhance their businesses. I want to do this to boost our local economy and create/provide jobs for teens and seniors.
4. Donate a portion to Public Safety as it is imperative that they have adequate equipment, resources, and training to ensure they're able to do their jobs efficiently and get home safely to their families.
Our city’s leaders should reflect the demographic and evolving makeup of our city. I would like to see “Single Member Districts” implemented into North Augusta to ensure everyone has a voice and representation on the city level. I want to bridge the gap between our city and outskirts of our physical community through open and regular communication. Weekly messages from the Mayor, monthly meet and greets, quarterly town halls, and current events that allows our community to come together. With the growing number of youths and the need to retain them, we should develop a youth council, like many other cities, to involve them in the evolution of our city, which one day they will be responsible for. I want to begin transitioning North Augusta thoughtfully and strategically into a “Clean and Green City”, as we rely heavily on the beautiful outdoors and environment for our health and wellness, recreational activities, and commerce.
Canvassing will not stop if I am elected. I want to know who I serve. We will continue to knock on doors to stay connected to our citizen’s needs. We will also leverage communication through email, text, social media or public forum; it's imperative to me that my team stays connected to their concerns so that we can celebrate in the fruits that will come as we work together to create collaborative solutions!
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