I was born and raised in the Cooper Road neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana, and I was lucky enough to be surrounded by loving, encouraging family and friends. The values that were instilled in me by these fine people encouraged me to deeply love Shreveport and its wonderful residents.
My father was a huge influence on the man I am. He pushed me to understand the importance of a great education. He taught me that no one can take away your knowledge, and if you embrace learning, you’ll be happier and more prepared to better your fellow people.
As I pursued my education, I cultivated my discipline. I worked hard on not only learning, but understanding science, literature and most importantly, the people around me. I grew to understand that I shouldn’t take everything at face value. I learned that I should try to understand the reasons behind or beneath what I was seeing and hearing around me.
My dedication to pursuing knowledge and education has empowered and enlightened me.
The people and the city of Shreveport are at the core of who I have become. Without that, I wouldn’t be able to do the work that I do as a businessman and public servant. I am so thankful for the love Shreveport has given me throughout my life, and I hope that I can continue to give it back as your next mayor of Shreveport and work to make this city great once again.