Why I'm Running
I am running because I truly believe that together we can do better. No, we do
not need any person to be our savior. We are who we seek.
I want to work with others, build coalitions, and use my experience as a former
Legislative Corresondent on Capitol Hill to be ready on day one to tackle hard
issues in this upcoming legislative session. I am ready to work hard to address
public safety while addressing the root causes of crime, to combat
homelessness, to provide more resources for mental health needs, to find
longterm solutions to our insurance crisis, to help families improve
educational and economic opportunities and of course address our
deteriorating infrastructure. More specifically in this fiscal session, I will be
Increase in pay for teachers and funding for schools;
Increase in funding for officer pay and for funding resources like rape kits,
ballistic and dna testing , and other crime solving tools;
Funding for mental health and addiction resources which are the root causes of crime;
Provide opportunities for parole after serving 20 years of a life sentence;
Find permanent solutions for Louisiana's insurance crisis;
Tax relief to homeowners who had homestead exemption over 20 years to help seniors stay in their communities and reduce gentrification; and
Provide more funding to manage stormwater and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
My experience in government and community engagement will be an asset to help reach across party lines to draft important legislation that put people first, over politics. I firmly believe that we have more likenesses than differences that we can build.
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GET TO KNOW KNOX
Life of Public Service
Service began with family, when Alonzo grew up in a small shotgun with a big extended family who served each other.to pool limited resources and increase their quality of life.
At the age of 18, he chose to serve his country as a Marine Infantryman. After seeing combat duty in Operation Desert Storm, he then went on to work with two US Senators in representing the state of Louisiana.
Alonzo has also served with numerous public interest organizations including United Negro College Fund, Children's Scholarship Fund, and the Veteran's Administration.
Alonzo helped rebuild the community with his work with the Road Home Program and continues to work on infrastructure improvements as a board member of Friends of Lafitte Greenway.
family + community
Alonoz and his wife Jessica have been married over 19 years. They met in Washington, DC where Alonzo worked on Capitol HIll for Louisiana Senator John Breaux and Jessica was attending Howard University Law School. They reside in Tremé with their Cocker Spaniel, Nietzsche.
They have been actively engaged in their community as members of the Historic Faubourg Treme Association, Preservation Resource Center, and co-founders of Friends of Tremé that produces the annual Tremé Fest.
Alonzo is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Jessica is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. They are members of First Grace United Methodist Church.
He has worked for notable educational groups including the United Negro College Fund and Children's Scholarship Fund.to understand how to address education needs.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER
Alonzo received an MBA from Trinity University with an emphasis in Organization Development. He has always wanted to develop quality businesses that serve underserved communities.
He and his wife, Jessica, own and operate Backatown Coffee Parlour which helped in the revitalization of Iberville and the Basin Street Corridor. They hire youth and train as baristas and how to become entrepreneurs. They have hired from Covenant House, Liberty Kitchen and Hagar's House.
They also founded and operated the Marketplace at Armstrong Park to address food deserts after Hurricane Katrina.
They are also working with community groups to act as a community hub after storms.
Ready on day one
Alonzo graduated with a Bachelor's in Politial Science and an Associate's degree in Law Enforcement from Southern University - Baton Rouge. He has experience in local, State, and national politics working on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator, working at the State Capiitol with a State Representative, and working at the local level as a Historic District Landmark Commissioner for over six years.
Alonzo served as the Director of Community Engagement for the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation and worked as a Readjustment Specialist with the VA helping unhoused veterans find homes and services which provided needed insight to address mental health and addiction needs in this State and how it relates to crime.
As District 93 representative, he will be ready on day one to address issues that are important to New Orleans and Louisiana. Because the legislative session, begins weeks after the election, District 93 can't afford to have someone who cannot be effective due to lack of experience.