My story is not perfect, but it has become all too common where I am from. I was born to Chokwe Pitchford and Kimberly Houston on May 7th, 1999 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Young and in love, they moved down south to chase after whatever they believed to be the American Dream, but the world was not working in their favor.

I decided to run for office because no one is talking about working families, and this year has shown we need someone who can unify our community and not seek to divide us further. It does not matter to me if you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. What matters is going forward, together as a community on issues like reforming health care to cap the cost of prescription drugs, changing our economy to give working families pathways into the middle class, and fixing the injustices of our criminal justice system to allow everyone to realize the American Dream.

Chokwe Pitchford