I am Kofi Annan, and I humbly ask for your support to represent the Virginia House of Delegates District 86. My wife Shareem, and I have been married for 17 years, and together we’ve raised two teenage boys who are currently enrolled in Herndon High School and active in Boy Scout Troop 157. My eldest son is on pace to receive the Boy Scout's highest achievement, The Eagle Scout; and for his Eagle Scout project he chose to plan and orchestrate a voter registration drive. Shareem and I have been very active in the Herndon community since moving here in 2012. Shareem, in addition to being a loving wife and a dedicated mom, she is also a tireless volunteer and outstanding leader in her own right. She was the president of the Dranesville ES PTA, the Herdon MS PTA, and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Herndon HS PTA. I also served as the Diversity Committee Chair of the Herndon HS PTA, where I organized a program to help bridge the cultural and communications gap between immigrant parents and American parents and teachers and staff. I also successfully lobbied to get the Herndon HS PTA to purchases translation headsets allowing Spanish-speaking parents to participate in PTA meetings for the first time, and ending the need for two separate PTA meetings. Both efforts were huge successes, and led to a notable increase in the number non-English speaking parents that got involved in school activities. I've also volunteered to coach the Herndon Optimist basketball league for several years. My sub-par coaching led to zero championships, but I'm certain we had the most fun.

I’m running for office because I love our community and want to make sure it remains a place where all are welcome, and where all can thrive. As our area's demographics changes it's important that we send leaders to Richmond that not only represent diversity in who they are, but more importantly have demonstrated a mastery of the issues and concerns of communities of color in order to ensure they propose effective long-term solutions. I not only have a proven track record of being someone with strong, principled convictions, but someone who is also an effective coalition builder and negotiator; and I believe I have what it takes to do the same in our General Assembly. I also believe that a voice like mine is desperately needed during these tense and uncertain times. The void of values and principles in the Trump Administration is seeping into our communities, and it is up to us to be the firewall against its toxicity. There has never been a time in recent history when the voice of someone with a dynamic background as mine was more needed. I am not only an African American civil rights leader, and an immigrant, but I am also a veteran, and a small business owner. Clearly I am naturally better equipped than any of my opponents to provide meaningful contributions to a wide spectrum of policy discussions.

My bid for office is a continuation of my lifelong dedication to public service to our nation. I joined the U.S. Army Reserves directly after graduating high school. Following the 9/11 attacks I voluntarily stepped up to serve an even greater role in protecting our nation by enlisting active duty in the Fall of 2001. I went on to serve a year in Iraq, where I led a team credited for capturing several al-Qaida members, and was subsequently awarded the U.S. Army Achievement Medal and other commendations. After leaving the Army I continued my service to our nation by joining the Defense Intelligence Agency, where I spent most of my tenure in the strategic planning and counterterrorism fields, including a deployment to Afghanistan.

Following the high-profile deaths of Michael Brown, Philando Castille, Trayvon Martin and other unarmed African American males, I was again moved to serve and did so by joining the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Soon after joining, I was elected as the president of the Fairfax County Branch, and I'm currently serving my second term.  As president, I made it my mission to revamp the way the branch operated to make it more active in our community. In those two years, the branch experienced its fastest membership growth and most successful advocacy ever. Those success included: leading the campaign to rename J.E.B. Stuart High School, which later became Justice High School; working with school officials to restructure the Fairfax County Public School teacher hiring process to reduce the likelihood of discrimination; working with county leaders, the police chief, FCPS administration and board members, teachers unions, PTAs, and other advocacy organizations to revise the county’s School Resource Officer program to prevent at-risk youth from being unnecessarily funneled into the criminal justice system; limiting the Sheriff's Office cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); working with local and state legislators to get additional school counselors and mental health professionals; and securing additional funds for the county's pre-K program. In addition, the branch hosted  dozens of community programs around issues of immigration, health, education, criminal justice, economic development, affordable housing, job fairs, and voter education and GOTV efforts. I also served on multiple Fairfax County boards, including the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the FCPD Police Body Camera Policy Advisory Committee, the Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee, and nominated members to serve on several other county boards. As a result of this important work, our branch was awarded the Thalheimer Award, the National NAACP top recognition for outstanding achievement. 

I was also recently appointed as the Virginia State Conference NAACP Criminal Justice Committee Chair. In that capacity, I recently organized the first ever statewide criminal justice symposium featuring three panel discussions on police/prison reform, prosecutorial/sentencing reform, and a legislative panel featuring state legislators and other leaders from across the state. I am currently working with state legislators to champion legislation that would raise the Grand Larceny Threshold, raise the age limit where juveniles can be tried as adults in Virginia from 14 to 16, decriminalize marijuana usage, tighten School Resource Officer guidelines, end cash bail, and make it easier for prosecutors to dismantle hate groups, just to name a few.

In addition to my passion for community service, I also have a passion for business and hold small business owners in the highest regard. My wife and I started a rental property business in 2009; and we were able to combine our passion for business with our passion of helping veterans by founding Veteran Career Counseling Services LLC, a company that helped over 700 veterans find meaningful employment after transitioning out of the military, which remained in operation from 2012 to late 2018.

Despite the economic growth our region has experienced in the past decade, little attention is being paid to ensure that this growth is sustainable, that it is generating equitable outcomes, or that it is happening in a manner that is responsible to our environment. Though our technology sector remains vital to area’s economic health - further evidenced by Amazon choosing Northern Virginia to establish HQ2 - troubling signs are starting to emerge. Wages remain stagnant, even though the cost of living and home prices continue to rise, and women, minorities, the elderly as well as our young adults just entering the work force are feeling the squeeze. As northern Virginia's population expands, our transportation methods and infrastructure has failed to keep pace, forcing commuters to chose between unreliable Metro service, frustratingly inadequate roads, or increasingly expensive toll roads - all of which are bad for both our economy and the environment. 

Immigrant families are facing increased discrimination and not enough is being done to reassure them that Virginia will remain a state where all residents will be treated fairly and humanely - regardless of their immigration status, race or religion. Our education system, once the standard-bearer for the nation, has suffered from a lackluster investment in our neediest students, teacher salaries, and the surrounding communities.

No other candidate in this race even comes close to having the unique combination of personal and professional experiences, and actual success that I bring to the table. If elected to represent District 86 I will continue to work tirelessly to strengthen our communities, while also fighting for equity for the most vulnerable among us.


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    “Kofi Annan is the leader we need in the Virginia House of Delegates! He has been doing the hard work of ensuring equity in Fairfax County for years. He is a small business owner and a military veteran with an ethos of service before self. I enthusiastically endorse Kofi for the Virginia House of Delegates!”

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    “he is the right candidate for the position and he possess all the professional and personal experiences a candidate should have. His passion for equality and seeing change in our society proves that he should is the right delegate.”