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I am a Seattle Public Schools dad of three, attorney, justice reform advocate, Air Force Veteran, and West Seattle resident. As the son of a Nigerian immigrant, I overcame abject poverty, a traumatic and unstable home life cycling through the foster care system, to rise in the ranks of the U.S. Air Force, earn my college and law degrees under the G.I. Bill, and achieve success as an attorney and policy advocate in Seattle and King County.
I grew up in the foster care system in Minnesota until my father was able to rescue me at nine years old. We moved out west and settled in low-income apartments in Kent, blocks away from a justice center that would later house some of my childhood friends. Growing up, I watched my dad work numerous physically demanding low-wage jobs. Though he earned a Master’s degree, my dad was unable to break into his chosen field. So, as a single father, he ended up settling for any honest work he could get to put food on our table. He sacrificed his own career ambitions to focus on raising me.
Working parents shouldn’t have to choose between their own professional success today or that of their children tomorrow. Through it all, my dad taught me the importance of hard work and selfless service – guiding principles that I use in my everyday life.
Additionally, I have run the strongest campaign in this race. I have outworked every other candidate and have shown the most community support by far.