I was born in North Georgia and raised by Michael and Deb Sims, who instilled in me the values of service, hard work, and dedication. My father grew up tending his parents’ farm, but wanted to go to school. He was the first of his family to graduate from college, diligently working his way through Georgia State University. My mother was the daughter of a veteran, educated after the Korean War on the GI Bill. They persevered to enter the middle class and provide a stable, nurturing environment, despite their humble beginnings. With their support and guidance, I was inspired to excel in my studies and also become one of youngest Eagle Scouts in the history of our state. My dad taught and manifested the motto, “A leader leads by example,” which I consider the guiding principle of my life.


Our experience signifies hope in the traditional “American Dream.” We believe anyone who develops their potential deserves to achieve upward mobility and financial security. The promise of this nation built our futures, but I realize the ladder to success isn’t accessible for everyone. As someone who benefits from structural and systemic advantages, I feel it is my responsibility to help empower those left behind by our politics and economy.


After high school, I answered the call to service and was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point. There, I solidified my commitment to the virtues which should always govern our actions: integrity, equality, and progress. I learned advocacy and accountability at West Point as a leader in the Gay/Straight Alliance, lobbying both senior officers and federal politicians on behalf of LGBT cadets. I graduated with honors and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. While stationed at Ft. Stewart, I was given the highest privilege and honor of my life: bonding with and leading my fellow soldiers.


Unfortunately, my military career was cut short after a training incident left me unable to continue active duty, but resilience borne of my determination allowed me to work through my injury, start a small business, and emerge as a civic leader. Currently, I am Vice Chair for County Affairs with the Democratic Party of the 1st Congressional District. In 2018, I found a new avocation; organizing for Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign, registering voters, driving them to the polls with the NAACP, and listening to the concerns of residents all across our city while visiting all 23 of the neighborhood association meetings held in our district.


Today, my chosen home is in the Thomas Square community, with my partner Austin and our rescue dog, Luke Skybarker. We have established roots in Savannah and grown deep, authentic relationships here. My journey has awakened a desire and prepared me to seek public office and work toward policy solutions which will move our people forward. I am running to serve the 163rd District in the Georgia House of Representatives. As we’ve shared our priorities, I’ve identified the three most pressing issues on which we should focus: education, justice reform, and economic development. Together, we can lift our voices, face difficult challenges, extend opportunity, increase safety, and expand social equity for all residents. Will you join me?


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