Walker a young leader for Rocky Mount’s future

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Out of the many political races ensuing across the state this fall, a contest that is being closely monitored is the race for city council seat Ward 4 in the city of Rocky Mount. Elections are Oct. 8. A unique contender among the aspirants in this race is candidate T.J. Walker Jr.

If elected, he would be among one of the youngest elected officials in any public office in both North Carolina and the city of Rocky Mount’s history. However, despite his youth, he is neither short of wisdom nor experience as he comes from an established family unit that has significantly influenced and shaped the history of Rocky Mount. T.J.’s platform speaks to the issues that concern his country and his city including the youth, the economy and public safety.

History has shown that the world has experienced positive transformation in its most disquieting moments from a budding generation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at only 15 years of age, helped lead this country through one of its most defining eras in his 20s and early 30s. Like King, many youths in that era, including Ambassador Andrew Young and Congressman John Lewis, used their voices, minds, hearts and bodies as change agents during those threatening and uncertain times. T.J. Walker Jr. is the next generation of this noble level of leadership.

T.J. represents a generational group called millennials that now constitutes the largest generation in this nation. His participation in this group of flourishing decision-makers will ensure the city of Rocky Mount’s place in a sustainable future. While the residents of Rocky Mount will benefit from T.J.’s fresh perspective influenced by his generational edge, T.J. is also shaped in a dignified tradition; therefore, one can also count on a stable-minded individual.

It is expected that T.J. Walker Jr. is the type candidate who will not only continue Rocky Mount’s legacy of being a “City on the Rise” but also help guide it to its long-awaited destination.

Brandon Whitehead

Rocky Mount