Leadership Experience National Service

  • As a retired U.S. Navy Officer with 25 years of service, I understand how important it is to focus on what brings us together as Americans first.  It is time for our Nation to rise on the ideals of hard-work, accountability, and integrity.  

    Politicians are supposed to work for us – not for the high up folks who spend their time looking down on working people.   I grew up in Red Oak, North Carolina during a time when people in government were more concerned with following the will of the people – not being followed by the people on social media.

    North Carolina is home to 650,000 military veterans.  We owe a debt to those who honorably serve to keep us safe.   We have a sacred obligation to ensure that they have the best available healthcare, social services, housing, and transitional education. 

    Education is the pathway to opportunity.  Our children should have the opportunity to go as far as they can without the worry of lifelong student debt.  Adults willing to work should have the chance to acquire new skill sets that match the competitive economy of the Information Age.

    I come from a family of people who had to work for a living.  My grandfather sharecropped by picking cotton and my mother paid our bills by working at the Rocky Mount Cotton Mill.  I have had to work three jobs in order to keep the lights on for my family.  I know the importance of making sure that workers in the richest Nation in the world have the opportunity to earn a living wage.