Four years ago, almost to the day, that I announced my candidacy for Mayor of the City of Brockton, my life changed for the better. The child of immigrants, my family had always instilled in me the importance of education, hard work and contributing to my community. Yet in the summer of 2013, my life was on a fast track to nowhere. One day after a talk with my family, I decided I would be the son my mom and stepfather raised me to be. I would be a mentor to my younger siblings, and I would become the leader that laid dormant for so many years.
It was during this time that I became more active with the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton, even serving on the steering committee for the Diplomas to Degrees conference and other events. In 2015 I founded Young Inner City Kids (YICK), whose mission is grounded in positive youth development theories of exposing young people, ages 13-18 to community service, entrepreneurship and civic engagement. The young people of Brockton have so many strengths and assets that need to be supported and nurtured.
I recognize my candidacy may be audacious to some, however, my age does not prohibit my ability to lead and inspire all those who live, work or visit Brockton. I want to be the mayor of this City of Champions where housing is affordable, employment is plentiful, businesses reinvest in our neighborhoods, education is prioritized, citizens have access to affordable and high-quality healthcare, the arts, retail and recreation and that all residents no matter your age, racial and cultural identity, national origin, financial status, religion, gender identity or expression, education, sexual orientation, disability, and/or political perspective are represented at City Hall. I am running for Mayor because I care about Brockton and want to see it thrive. I ask you to join me on this journey to Make Move Not Excuses and truly fix the ills which plague our city.