Sam Jones knows that education is key to our children’s future. That’s why Sam helped lead the efforts to expand library services, bring millions of dollars to help build new schools, and increase funding for local Boys & Girls clubs.

It’s time for us to change Mobile. Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress. But at the end of the day, we cannot walk away – not for the sake of passing a bill, but so that we can finally address the real concerns of the people of Mobile and the persistent hopes of all those brothers and sisters who want nothing more than their own chance at our common dream. I would not be running for Mayor if I didn’t believe with all my heart that this is what the vast majority of Americans want for this country. Yes, we must provide more ladders to success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair. But all of us must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century.

If there is a child in Mobile who can’t read, that matters to me, even if it’s not my child. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. All of us have a responsibility to work for our children’s future.