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Dear Neighbors,

Growing up, my mother believed education was the key to my future and never stopped fighting for it. Raising three kids on a tight budget, my mom was forced to make tough choices - prioritizing household necessities over extracurriculars we hoped for as a family. She wanted her kids to have lives filled with opportunities and options.

Despite the challenges facing our neighborhood, my mother never stopped fighting for my future -- she held the high expectation that I would go to college and have a successful career. Because of her, I was able to take advantage of those opportunities.  I graduated college earning two degrees, and will soon finish my doctorate degree. Education changed my life. I know all kids deserve those same opportunities. That’s why I turned down law school and chose to become a teacher in our community.

As a former teacher, I understand the challenges facing our children and families in our neighborhood. Too many of our children aren’t graduating on time or don’t have the opportunity to go to college. Their choices are limited to the side of town they grew up in and the few low-wage jobs that are available.

We all know there are big challenges facing our community, but there are steps that we can take, together as a community, right away to start improving our schools, bringing higher paying jobs to our community, and ensuring the health and safety of our neighborhoods. We know when we get education right, we lower crime, decrease poverty, improve economic development, and attract jobs to our communities..  

I fought for my kids everyday in the classroom, but I wanted to do more. I wanted to do more for our families, to increase educational opportunities for all our neighbors, to make sure all kids walked home through safe streets. I wanted to bring more choices and opportunities to our community. That’s why I am running for State Representative. I ask for your support, your voice and your vote in the August Democratic Primary.

In the spirit of success,

Reginald

 

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