I was born in Chicago and grew up in Minnesota. I've lived on the east side of St. Paul for over 18 years. About six years ago, I had become very close friends with Philando Castile because we both got to know each other. We both worked at St. Paul Public Schools together. I went to fix the machines at his school so we got to know each other that way. On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was stopped by a police officer from the city of Falcon Heights for a traffic stop. Philando honestly disclosed that he had a gun and a license to carry. After disclosing, the officer shot and killed Philando with his girlfriend next to him, and their baby in the backseat. The death of Philando shook my world apart. I knew that I could no longer stay silent to continue to accept this norm. This norm that as a black man, even if I obey the laws, I will still get shot and killed by the law enforcement that is supposed to protect me. After this wake up call, I knew that I had to do something about changing the policies that impact us all and that is why I decided to have a public life, and to run to represent my hometown of 67A.