I was born in a small village in rural Gambia to nomadic parents. I immigrated to the United States in 2000, with brief stays in New York and Washington DC, and I have since lived in Madison with my wife of seven years, Fatou Jawo. I attended Madison Area Technical College to study Information Technology and become a U.S. citizen in 2005. Education and opportunities for youth have always been very important to me. I have experience working in youth development at the international level, and together with my cultural heritage and knowing the challenges of immigration, I am dedicated to making sure all of our voices are heard.
I hope to hear from you on these and other issues:
I will work for a safe, inclusive environment for everyone. As the president of the Senegambia Association I helped organize educational forums on community policing that brought together community members and Madison Police. I will promote respectful relationships and trust between police and neighborhoods and encourage use of neighborhood officers.
Strong and safe neighborhoods
We will support strong schools, and help youths get a good start in life. Madison needs affordable housing for individuals at all stages of life and families. I will work with the city and collaborate with county to address the shortage of affordable housing.
Our resources have to be invested in an equitable way, so that our investments match our values. I will advocate for the district in city decision-making processes, and I will support private projects with public money only if the project helps the community.