Veteran. Community Voice. Servant-Leader
I proudly served in the United States Army as a Signals Intel Analyst. My job was to report intelligence findings to commanders. Within 3 years I rose to the rank of E-5 sergeant and was the noncommissioned officer in charge of my platoon. During my platoon’s deployment out of Fort Bliss, Texas, I wrote multiple standard operating procedures, improving the efficiency, quality and uniformity of our work.
I have worked with:
*Mayor Bill Johnson - revamping the Nuissance Abatement Points System
*Veterans Outreach Center and Ruck for Roc - raising food and funds for Veterans homeless shelter
*Junior Achievement - financial literacy for youth
*Champions of Change - helped them raise over $10,000 for their homeless holiday party
*currently Vice-President of Charlotte Community Association
*currently on the City's Nuissance Abatement System Board representing the NW
*organized the community for my #37challenge in 2018 where we raised enough money for 225 pumpkins for inner city school, 43 turkeys for an inner city church that fed the needy, and adopted over 37 families to give Christmas gifts to Hillside and Catholic Family Center families in need
*La Cumbre - Latino outreach, focused on voter registration
*Team leader for multiple Clean Sweeps
*Active longtime member of the Northwest District Democrats group
I have been in the finance arena since 2012. I am a Mortgage Loan Officer, where I help make dreams of homeownership come true by helping to get the financing together for a home purchase.
I am also the Treasurer for the Masonic Temple Association, and was previously the Treasurer for unity Lodge #479.
I will continue my work in having our Northwest Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) be more accepting of the neighborhood associations; to not just listen to their concerns, but also empathize and react to them in a timely manner, as if they themselves were experiencing these same issues.
I will continue to work alongside Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods (MNBN), as well as other neighborhood associations and block clubs, pushing for community friendly policies to increase homeowner occupancy and property values, as well as reduce vacant structures, open-air drug sales and other issues that we see every day contributing to the increasing blight in our neighborhoods.
Our communities grow stronger when businesses are owned and operated by our fellow neighbors. Our city government should be proactive about providing more development workshops, and informing business owners of city and county resources that maximize their potential for growth.
Providing Opportunities for the Next Generation
We should incentives small business owners to hire and train teen employees/apprentices from our community. This would in turn keep more real-life work experienced young adults in our city, who can then buy homes and start families earlier in life, thereby increasing our tax base and lowering our crime.
All vacant homes should first be available to first time, owner-occupied homebuyers. A zero to low interest 2nd lien loan (up to $25,000) should also be offered to fix up any major issues. This will be done by teaming up with non-profits in our city geared towards home-ownership.
Increase the Home Purchase Assistance Program grant from $3,000 to $5,000 and lower the required time frame to close from 90 to 45 days. For city employees and union workers looking to live in the city, that grant should be increased to $7,500.
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