My conviction that better is made possible through belief was ignited when I was young. I experienced economic and familial instability that caused me to move across the city throughout my childhood. Then at age 13, I experienced the loss of my mother and lived on my own for a period of time. Despite the obstacles I faced early on, I was propelled by the belief that my life could get better, and I could be better.
I graduated from McClellan High School, then went on to earn a degree in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. I then returned home and successfully graduated from the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I have been a successful attorney with a Little Rock law firm, Wright Lindsey & Jennings, for more than 10 years.
I’ve been lucky enough to be married to Taneesha Phillips for ten years. It is because of Taneesha’s support that I’ve been able to devote my time and talents to our City. Without her allowing me the space to demonstrate my commitment to Little Rock, this exploratory campaign would not be possible. I’m forever grateful for her sacrifice and our joint goal of creating a better Little Rock.
“When we believe, we act. When I was in the eighth grade, I made the decision to believe in me. It did not happen because I was an astute eighth-grader, but because life circumstances made it necessary. At the start of eighth grade, I moved into a new household and started at a new school. It was a struggle trying to fit into my new surroundings.”