I was born at The Ohio State University Hospital. For the first nine months of my life, I lived in a foster home before being adopted and raised on the east side of Columbus by a Columbus Public Schools teacher. My mother, an immigrant from Trinidad, supported me and my brother while facing constant financial stress throughout our childhood. But, I got lucky.
I received financial aid to attend Columbus Academy. And that’s where this began. I developed an intense commitment to fighting inequality after seeing how opportunities open up, no matter your upbringing, once you're equipped with resources. I later received financial aid with help from the Ron Brown Scholar Program to attend Tufts (BA), Princeton (MA) and Stanford (JD). I then spent three years at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) protecting consumers against predatory lenders and most recently at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) which invests in communities that have been systematically under-resourced. I care about nothing more than ending economic segregation—which I believe is systemic. I’m convinced we need a new generation of bold leadership in Congress to ensure that my story is every child’s story regardless of the circumstances of one’s birth.
I’m running to represent working people of Ohio’s Third Congressional District because 36 years ago, Central Ohio gave me—a newborn with an uncertain future—a chance to succeed. I’m taking a chance now because I believe in you, just like you believed in me.
I look forward to sharing more of my story on social media throughout the campaign on all platforms @mh4oh.
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Columbus is the second-most economically segregated metropolitan area in the country and one of the least economically mobile cities in the nation. If you grow up poor here, chances are you stay poor. This is not only true in the Third District, but increasingly, across the entire United States.
If you elect me as your representative, I will push for bold policies to improve people’s financial situations, including:
Universal Child Care and Early Learning
Tuition-Free Public College
Federal Minimum Living Wage
Medicare for All
The black poverty rate in Columbus is 50% higher than the average. In Franklin County alone, our people comprise nearly 65 percent of those in the homeless system. Across Central Ohio, black women earn 65 cents for every dollar earned by men. The median net worth in the U.S. for a black family is now $9,000, compared with $132,000 for a white family. The time for merely studying these issues has passed. The time for remedies is now.
If you elect me as your representative, I will be pushing for:
The unemployment rate in Franklin County is near historic lows, but the number of people who are homeless continues to grow. Between 2012 and 2017, home prices in Central Ohio have risen by an average of nearly six percent annually, while household income has only increased by just over one percent annually during this same period. Gentrification, nearly stagnant wages, and a shortage of affordable housing is forcing far too many people in Columbus to become housing unstable.
If you elect me as your representative, I will push for:
National Rent Stabilization Policies
Increased Affordable Housing Supply
Columbus is in Ohio Valley’s “Asthma Belt.” The combination of poverty, pollen, and air quality affects us at a disproportionately higher rate, compared to other cities in the U.S. Asthma is also one of the leading causes of school absenteeism and Columbus ranks as one of the top metropolitan areas in which children miss school due to asthma attacks. Pollution and climate change are keeping our children out of school more than 5,000 days each and every academic year.
If you elect me as your representative, I will be pushing for bold new policies, including:
Green New Deal