Why I'm Running
I moved back home after law school to give back to a city and community that means so much to me and my family. Over the last few years with Cohear, I have spent countless evenings meeting with and empowering “everyday experts” across all 52 neighborhoods of our city. They have instilled in me a deep belief that - despite our challenges - our best days can be ahead of us. To get there, we have to embrace the idea that the way things are today does not have to be the way things are tomorrow.
Cincinnati is home to more Fortune 500 companies, per capita, than New York City. In our city, the manager of a McDonalds should not have to sleep on cardboard boxes with her three children. And yet, that is the reality for one of the everyday experts who joined a Cohear community discussion last year, and for far too many of our neighbors today.
I am running for City Council because I believe Cincinnati can lead the country when it comes to shared success and equitable growth. I believe that we can build a city where steady employment and hard work provide access to safe, healthy housing and the ability to send your kids to good schools. And we can prove that closing the racial gaps in wealth, health, and education is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.
"Over the last decade, I have dedicated my life to organizing communities and empowering new voices. My experience, the trust I have built, and my energy and commitment for change will help me lead our city forward when elected to Council."
My parents did not arrive in the United States with money, but they had a dream, an education, and a commitment to building a legacy for me and my siblings.
At its best, this country is a place of limitless opportunity. Yet for far too many people, especially for Black Americans, the direct line between hard work and success is broken - or was never designed to work in the first place.
Now is the time to reimagine what better can look like in Cincinnati.
By investing in our kids, in our Black communities and businesses, and in the working people of our city, we can unlock the city’s full potential. We can have diverse, walkable neighborhoods, where young families can become homeowners and build wealth, where professionals are mentored and supported, and where we both attract and retain driven and civic-minded talent. Now is our time to build that city together.