Why I Am Campaigning
Because of the challenges faced by California and by the 21st Senate District, because my experiences, ideas, and feelings make me a valuable voice in governmental discussions about those challenges, because thoughtful language is in rare supply and it is a moral imperative to speak thoughtfully, because people with a better vision for the future must involve themselves with politics, and because I am one among many such persons, I am campaigning to serve the people of California's 21st Senate District.
A Brief Biography
I was born on 14 September 1952. I grew up in Compton, and in 1970 I moved to Connecticut to attend Yale, from which I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. After Yale, I attended the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, from which I graduated with my law degree in 1977.
After graduating from law school I worked in the Office of Los Angeles City Councilwoman Pat Russell. It was there that I developed an appreciation for serving constituents. I subsequently served as the Executive Director of the Disabled Resources Center in Long Beach, California. I began working as an administrative law judge in 1981. I heard and decided approximately 7,500 cases during my twenty-nine years as a judge. Fewer than one hundred of those decisions were appealed, and in most of those appeals the judgements that I rendered were upheld.
I have lived in Lancaster since 1987, and each of my four children attended Antelope Valley public schools.
In 1992, I won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, and over the course of my time as a professional motivational speaker, I have spoken to tens of thousands of people in 36 states and 9 countries. I have also mentored young speakers in the 21st Senate District for nearly three decades; my students have earned more than $75,000 in scholarships.
I raised four children with my former wife, and I have published four books. I have motivated many people to live more meaningful lives, and I frequently speak to students in our community about the value of courage, a good work ethic, and other such important topics.
When I was 4 years old, I became blind. Despite that challenge and others, I have lived many meaningful moments, and I recognize that I am very fortunate.
How to Join the 2020 Vision
Our 2020 Vision can only be achieved together, because we are all irrevocably dependent on one another: bound together in a common fate across the Earth. To join the 2020 Vision and volunteer your talents, use this Form. You have thoughts, feelings, and experiences to contribute, and with your support the Vision will be better.
Note: the Primary Election will occur on 3 March 2020, and the General Election will occur on 3 November 2020.
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