John’s life experiences are what set him apart from other candidates. He was raised in deep poverty, where food stamps and subsidized housing were the norm. His primary school was literally falling down; his neighborhood was racked by gang violence and by the drug epidemic that continues to this day.
But with the help of family, faith, and the support of excellent teachers, John has made it to where he is now. He is a community leader, a young professional, and a single father. He is passionate about making a better world for his daughter, Annabelle. He works in the technology sector and does consulting work for nonprofits. He works with the leaders of small community groups, helping them find ways to operate more efficiently and to do more with less.
He is the son of a pastor and a civil rights activist. In the 60s and 70s, his mother defended the Wilmington 10. His father stood up for gay rights long before it was safe to do so in the South. Through these influences, John learned the moral imperative that, as Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Or, as the late Senator Paul Wellstone said:
“If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.”
Over the last 12 years, John has fought for the causes in which he believes. His organizing experience includes work with United Campus Ministries, the Center for American Progress, Planned Parenthood, Traction, the Durham People’s Alliance, the Educator’s Association, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
On the Durham County Board of Commissioners, John will add an important, innovative, creative, and passionate voice to the conversation. He will work tirelessly, and fight as hard as he can fight, to make Durham County government a powerful force for good in the lives of its people.