healthcare and education often disproportionately
affect college students, those two issues would be high priority as a politician.
Where Do You See Yourself
In Five Years?
God willing, I’m still seeing the positive effects of having served a term as Mayor of Jacksonville followed by having just fi nished law school. I’ll be calculating where best to apply the newly acquired skills I’ve gotten from law school.
country. In fact, it’s a wonder that lit- tle media attention has been given to what is, quite frankly, a national crisis. An embarrassing one, actually.
Imagine yourself at the age of 50. What are you doing?
I’ll be serving the United States government and my constituents in some form or fashion. I’ll be watching my children grown into responsible, caring, young adults and rejoicing with my wife because we have the house to ourselves. I’ll be maintaining a close relationship with siblings and a few close friends and I’ll be rereading this interview thinking aloud “wow, I was this guy thirty years ago?”
What do you wish you would have accomplished by then?
To be a great father, a great politi- cian, a person who put a dent in wealth disparity, who challenged the status quo on equality and dis-
crimination and a man who is still relatively fi t… at least in the eyes of my wife.
You mention wife and kids often. Are you a family oriented type of guy?
Very. My immediate family members are the most important people in my life and that will never change. I want to create the same time of strong bond and connection for my children and what will be their family.
What is the best advice your mom or dad has given you?
“If you want it, you can have it. Just work for it. And pray.” -Mom
What are your goals and aspirations?
I have three major goals in life. T e fi rst concerns my family, pres- ent and future. I want my parents and siblings to be proud of what
I will ultimately become as time progresses. I also want the ability to take care of my parents and sib- lings in any way necessary, includ- ing fi nancially. I want my future wife and children to be proud of the man they know, despite my per- sonal fl aws. Particularly concerning my children, I want them to know that their father loves them uncon- ditionally and that no matter what, they can come to me with what- ever concerns they have. I want my children to grow into people far more progressive, accepting and loving of the world and the people in it than I could ever be. My sec- ond goal concerns my career. I want to be an eff ective and trustworthy civil servant/politician that my con- stituents and country can depend upon. I want whatever group of people I’m privileged to represent to have the utmost confi dence and faith in my commitment, skills and ability to execute.
‘Effective and trustworthy politician’ is there even such a thing?
T ey’re out there, for sure. It’s just unfortunate that in today’s politi- cal climate, you’re only getting to hear about the selfi sh and ineff ective politicians. I’d like for the term ‘poli- tician’ to connote positivity again, if it ever did.
And the third goal?
T e third goal concerns my own vanity: I want to make the cover of Time, GQ and Esquire. Study Breaks has been checked off the list. T anks for that.
Why should they choose you to be on the cover?
Well, they have no reason to select me, as of now. But down the road I’d hope that because I’ve impacted a substan- tial amount of people in a positive way they’d be compelled to tell the world that story by placing me on the cover.
| NOVEMBER 2011 | 15
| Page 2
| Page 3
| Page 4
| Page 5
| Page 6
| Page 7
| Page 8
| Page 9
| Page 10
| Page 11
| Page 12
| Page 13
| Page 14
| Page 15
| Page 16
| Page 17
| Page 18
| Page 19
| Page 20
| Page 21
| Page 22
| Page 23
| Page 24
| Page 25
| Page 26
| Page 27
| Page 28
| Page 29
| Page 30
| Page 31
| Page 32
| Page 33
| Page 34
| Page 35
| Page 36