I was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, IL to high-school aged parents that are both Deaf. Although my parents were not married, they spent so much time together and with me that no one could tell the difference. Shortly after my arrival, my father obtained employment with the US Postal Service and my mother worked at the local library and Burger King. My Aunt and Grandparents took care of me as well as we were a blended household. Growing up in the Purham household provided me some discipline and structure. A strong Patriarch, my grandfather was – he taught me a lot and chastised me when my dad was at work or was not around. That was the good ol’ 80s. The 90s began a different chapter in my life. We moved around a lot, had a place of our own, more siblings came along, and my parents were no longer together. Although I was still close to my grandfather, I still began to attract the wrong kind of lifestyle being an inner-city kid – a nappy-headed welfare child – as one teacher use to call me. The 90s was great time for me as well, Hip-hop and R&B provided a great narrative of everyday life, I was old enough to be outside without supervision and I was able to earn money both good and bad to provide for myself and my family when needed. I hung out with my dad on the weekends – when he was off from work, and hung with the older guys on those off-set weekends; so I gained exposure to a lot of different perspectives and lifestyles as teenager.
My High school years went by relatively quick – not much went on but different clubs, teams, and fights, I made a few friends, some that I am still in touch with to this day. I married on the back end of my Senior year and reared two daughters. I joined the US Army in 1998 and retired after 22 years of service; three combat deployments, one contingency operational deployment, and a host of various assignments around the United States and overseas. I remarried in 2005 and gained four additional children. Our blended family has been through many trials and tribulations of the average-everyday middle-income household; living paycheck to paycheck, holding multiple jobs, and often finding ourselves still falling short of life’s expectations. I know all too well the struggles of finances and making ends meet. I understand the importance of providing for the family as the Man of the house and head of household – doing what it takes to put food on the table, clothes on their backs, and the lights on in their rooms. Over the years I have grew a tremendous passion to be an effector of change – change in things I do not like or the things that are disadvantage to others. I have begun to get involved in various organizations that plays a part in assisting with the things I am passionate about and it has subsequently led me to where I am today – your Candidate for the United States House of Representatives for the state of Alaska.
During the span of my 22-year military career, I congruently kept myself involved in various events, projects, and organizations within the communities I resided. Whether it was running a home-based business(es), driving cabs, bartending, Church activities/functions in the local community or to being a member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Junior Vice Commander of a local VFW Post, writing and publishing a book to assist aspiring future Soldiers or Soldiers aspiring to become civilians in the transition, personal and professional development and the “how to adult in life” process. I currently spend my time working with Veteran Organizations that combat PTSD and suicide ideations as well as assisting families with resources within their communities and serving this great nation. I am seeking election to the US House of Representatives because I am very concerned and passionate about the Veterans and the People of Alaska getting not only the help they deserve, but the representation they need in the Federal government. In the coming sections, I will layout a very definitive and detailed platform and agenda that will capstone in taking care of our nation’s Veterans, taking care of the citizens of Alaska, and the people-at-large in the United States of America.
As a Conservative Republican who happens to be African American. I get pulled into the realm of intersectionality all the time. Today’s social climate has a myriad of political and social issues that has the nation divided – not because of former President Trump, but because of biased media reporting, biased social media platforms, and biased social group agendas driven by power, money, and other self-serving interests.
In my 25 years of selfless service, sacrifices, and commitments; I have strived to bring together people from all walks of life and to foster a sense of common understanding and unity despite our differences and views. YES, I have my views, beliefs, and perspectives, but I also set those aside to always “seek first to understand, then be understood.” My platform is simple: Together Everyone Achieves More, but more importantly – Working Together to Be Better! This is my vision not for America, but for the people I am wishing to represent – the Alaskan people.