Our Issues

Accessible Health Care

As a pre-teen, I shattered my left leg when I fell during a hiking trip with my family. Thankfully, my family had access to quality health care. After surgery and many months of physical therapy, I was back on my feet and became an avid marathoner as an adult. As a pastor, I am frequently in hospitals visiting members and comforting them after an accident, surgery, or as they grieve the loss of a loved one. When it comes to our health, the last thing we should have on our minds is how much it is going to cost.

Health care is not a privilege to be earned and possessed by a few. It is a human right of which all people should have access. As your State Representative, I will serve to make high quality health insurance available and as affordable as possible for everyone.

Health care isn’t just about what happens at the hospital or the doctor’s office. Recovery and health also happen at home. Sometimes, we also need people to help care for us. Receiving professional healthcare, coupled with the homecare my mother, a licensed practical nurse, provided helped me make a full recovery after the fall that shattered my leg as a pre-teen. This is why I support current legislative efforts to pass the paid family leave bill, which will help Colorado families be able to care for their loved ones while still providing for their families.

Criminal Justice Reform

After Philando Castile’s death in 2016, like many people of color, I was left heartbroken, angry, and afraid. Yet again, a young black man was killed at the hand of a police officer. I did what many sons do when they are upset. I called my father. I called to ask him how he feels when he is pulled over by the police. He answered, “I get nervous and immediately put my hands on the steering wheel so that the officer can see them.” My father is African American and a retired police officer who served his whole adult life in law enforcement. Yet, he still gets nervous when the swirling lights come on behind him.

Law enforcement, but also the laws themselves, the industrial private prison complex and sentencing connected to it, and much of the criminal justice system must be reformed. Study after study shows that the system is biased against people of color. Our district is better because of its rich racial and cultural diversity. However, our criminal justice system is built against those of us who are of color. A broken system hurts everyone. My experience of being racially profiled by police officers, having profanities yelled at me while running, or being followed in stores as a young man are not unique. They are a part of a system and a culture that must be reformed.

I am relieved that we as Coloradans finally took slavery out of our state constitution when we voted to do so this past fall. That was a great step. However, there is much work to do. That is why I am thrilled to see the efforts being made again by current legislators to abolish the death penalty in Colorado.

As a bi-racial man serving and leading a multi-racial church who lives in the most racially diverse neighborhood in our district, I am committed and determined to serve and fight for all of HD6 as we work to fix a broken and biased criminal justice system.

Criminal Justice Reform

After Philando Castile’s death in 2016, like many people of color, I was left heartbroken, angry, and afraid. Yet again, a young black man was killed at the hand of a police officer. I did what many sons do when they are upset. I called my father. I called to ask him how he feels when he is pulled over by the police. He answered, “I get nervous and immediately put my hands on the steering wheel so that the officer can see them.” My father is African American and a retired police officer who served his whole adult life in law enforcement. Yet, he still gets nervous when the swirling lights come on behind him.

Law enforcement, but also the laws themselves, the industrial private prison complex and sentencing connected to it, and much of the criminal justice system must be reformed. Study after study shows that the system is biased against people of color. Our district is better because of its rich racial and cultural diversity. However, our criminal justice system is built against those of us who are of color. A broken system hurts everyone. My experience of being racially profiled by police officers, having profanities yelled at me while running, or being followed in stores as a young man are not unique. They are a part of a system and a culture that must be reformed.

I am relieved that we as Coloradans finally took slavery out of our state constitution when we voted to do so this past fall. That was a great step. However, there is much work to do. That is why I am thrilled to see the efforts being made again by current legislators to abolish the death penalty in Colorado.

As a bi-racial man serving and leading a multi-racial church who lives in the most racially diverse neighborhood in our district, I am committed and determined to serve and fight for all of HD6 as we work to fix a broken and biased criminal justice system.

Quality Education

Teachers and quality education have played a critical role in my life. As a child inspired, taught, and mentored by talented and caring teachers I was shaped into the person I am today. Whether in Head Start, high school band or speech, or graduate school, my educators poured themselves into my life and the lives of all of their students. Teachers go above and beyond their classroom responsibilities every day. I am grateful for those who did so for me and those who continue to do so for all of our students today.

As a music education major and someone who has taught in preschools, served on preschool boards, instructed music privately, coached youth track and field, mentored children in various community organizations, and pastored hundreds of children, I know what difference a quality education makes in a child’s life. I am committed to helping all of our children in Colorado to have the best education possible. This is why I helped to create a Literacy and Mentoring Program through the church I serve and other organizations at Hallett Academy here in Denver. Last year our program paired over seventy-five adults with children.

As your State Representative, I will serve to do all I can to ensure that all children and students will have the best education from birth to post-secondary that they can in our institutions of learning while doing my best to serve those who teach them.

Care For Our Environment

Like most Coloradans, I love our outdoors. I often tell people what a great “back yard” we all have to call home. I have to admit though, I’m concerned. I know you are too. As an avid runner and marathoner, I spend hours running all over our district. You’ve likely passed me if you spend much time on the Lowry Dam Trail or the Cherry Creek Trail or if you regularly drive along 8th Ave, Quebec St. or Alameda Ave. Often, when I look up expecting to see our beautiful Rocky Mountains, I see smog and pollution instead. We continue to read and hear about our poor air quality over and over again. We have to do better. Not only are our vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly at risk, but we all are.

We should not have to check the weather to see if it is safe to go outside. We must take better care of our environment. We have to address the continued heating of our planet. As your State Representative, I’m ready to serve and get to work to take on those who are threatening each of our well beings and to see how we all can do better.

Care For Our Environment

Like most Coloradans, I love our outdoors. I often tell people what a great “back yard” we all have to call home. I have to admit though, I’m concerned. I know you are too. As an avid runner and marathoner, I spend hours running all over our district. You’ve likely passed me if you spend much time on the Lowry Dam Trail or the Cherry Creek Trail or if you regularly drive along 8th Ave, Quebec St. or Alameda Ave. Often, when I look up expecting to see our beautiful Rocky Mountains, I see smog and pollution instead. We continue to read and hear about our poor air quality over and over again. We have to do better. Not only are our vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly at risk, but we all are.

We should not have to check the weather to see if it is safe to go outside. We must take better care of our environment. We have to address the continued heating of our planet. As your State Representative, I’m ready to serve and get to work to take on those who are threatening each of our well beings and to see how we all can do better.