I was born in North Miami, Florida, to a single Haitian mother who could not afford to raise me nor my brothers on her own. I grew up seeing my mother working double shifts to make ends meet. Consequently, I took on the role of raising my brothers while my mother focused on working and earning a college degree. Thus, I learned through my mother’s experience, early on, the value in hard work and the meaning of fighting to push my family forward.
When I was 19 years old I joined the Marines and soon after I was deployed to Iraq. I came back a changed man after six years of service, and a tour, in Iraq. After I had witness injustice; true poverty; and lack of basic human rights. I came back with the idea that I needed to do more for the people around me, and everyone else in a similar situation to mine.
So, I decided to go to college and earn a Bachelors Degree in Public Policy, which at the time was the first in the state of Florida geared towards creating policy. At school, I studied government operation, team building, creating laws, and policies geared toward helping working and low-income families.
Like most Americans who attend college, my education generated thousands of dollars in student loans. To help alleviate my financial burden, I began working for a telecommunications corporation. While there, I quickly excelled, becoming nationally ranked. While I had achieved a degree of financial independence, my true calling was not in corporate America, but in dedicating myself to a field where I could help others succeed.
Ultimately, in the pursuit of this dream, I went to law school, not because I wanted to be a lawyer, but because I wanted to understand the laws and how they work for the people. I spent my life learning how government works and how to get things done for the benefit of the people.
I’m running because I am ready to give back to my Community. I’m ready to fight for policies that benefit the working class not just the those who need it least.
All I ask is for your vote.
Jesse Philippe for US Congress.