I went to school on a “hope scholarship”— always hoping I would find a way to pay for it. With little support to fall back on, I had to work a full-time job in college and incur student loan debt that I’m still paying off today. As the first in my family to attend and graduate college, I know first-hand the struggles that so many working families face to send their children to college. As an educator and pastor, I have assisted countless children get the skills, preparation and mentorship needed to go on to attend and graduate College. It shouldn’t matter what your zip code is. A quality public education should be accessible for all. In Congress, I’ll fight to eliminate student loan debt, expand access to early childhood education and give all students the tools they need to succeed in the 21st Century economy.