A Servant-Leader, the Time is NOW!
I'm a Husband, Father, Barber, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, & Educator. I've always been different. Growing up the youngest only male child in the home, the path to self-discovery was quite interesting. I hated being told what to do or bossed around by my older sisters and made up in my mind that I would one day be in charge of my life and existence. I remember approaching graduation, everyone asking about my plans. My sisters had all gone into the medical field; apparently, people expected me to do the same. That wasn't what I wanted for my life. Even when I graduated high school, I did not know what I wanted to do career-wise, but I knew I did not want to go to college.
I began cutting hair at the age of 12 but somehow never really considered that I could turn it into a career, certainly not one that would make provision for a family of six. It was all I had. I did go to college briefly but hated every moment, so I quit. I can remember coming home and telling my Mom I wasn't going back; she asked me what I was going to do, and I told her I wanted to cut hair; I was good at it and wanted to see where I could go with it. I quit college, got my Barber's license, & never looked back! I opened my first barbershop at 25, the first Barber School in Aiken County at 30! Today I have three barbershops and a barber school. I am in pursuit of becoming North Augusta's next Mayor.
I've built a life for myself and my family through vision and leadership. It is my goal to do that for this city and its residents. I have to be impactful - it's what I was placed on this earth do too. Position and title have never been enough for me; I strive to catalyze to evoke change and enhance the lives and circumstances of those around me, in my home, the classroom, businesses, and now the great and beautiful city of North Augusta. The Time is NOW!
VISION AS MAYOR
The Three C's
City, Community, and Culture! As Mayor, I will be visible and tangible. Inclusiveness is the key! Our city leaders should reflect the demographic of our city. I want to bridge the gap between our city and community through open communication. Weekly messages from the Mayor, monthly meet and greets, quarterly town halls, and city current events.
Business Infrastructure and Economic Development
I want to invest in business currently in the city, like Northside Lanes, Gary's, Breckenridge Plaza, to name a few. The old Monterrey's space and Ryans building should've been occupied long ago. I will be intentional in getting these spaces filled with new businesses and opportunity. While the historic area of our city needs to be preserved, some of our development codes and ordinances should be revisited to ensure growth and opportunity for present and future businesses, and ultimately our city. Food trucks doesn't really have a home anywhere in the CSRA, why not North Augusta! Our city and residents have been in desperate need for (sit down) restaurants.
Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation
I'd like the see the Green Jackets officially renamed the North Augusta Green Jackets and would initiate that conversation. We need to maximize the use of SRP Park. I envision a Summer Concert series kicked off by local artists each year and attracting big names across the globe; Gospel, R&B, Country, and Hispanic music festivals, come to mind.
Our city is a fairly safe place to live, however we're extremely accessible, as we are a connector city and I-20 is one of the busiest interstates in the nation. I want to build a rapport and work the Mayors and police chief of surrounding cities and towns in the event one of their citizens is a suspect or victim of a crime in our city. I'm going to ensure that our police department and officers are well equipped to do their jobs.