WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY
With over two decades of experience successfully fighting for poor and working families as a lawyer, executive, educator and community activist, Anton will make sure all of the residents of his district have a voice in Harrisburg. He is an experienced and proven leader who has always put people, not politics, first. Make your vote count– choose an experienced and proven leader who will always put people first.
A lawyer with over two decades of experience successfully fighting for poor and working class families
An environmental champion and member of the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy
A skilled executive and Chair of the Board of Directors of Open Connections, an educational resource center
“If you apply yourself to your studies and treat people the way you want to be treated, anything is possible,” was a favorite refrain in my immigrant household. I was born in Washington D.C. at Freedmen’s Hospital at Howard University, where my parents met and fell in love. My parents, Dorothy and Anthony are from the West Indies. While they both dearly loved their native countries and the opportunities they had there, they fully believed in The American Dream. They returned to the West Indies where my mother managed her father’s furniture store and my father operated a restaurant and was a biology professor. The vision they had for obtaining The American Dream brought our entire family back to America.
COLLEGE AND BEYOND
I took my parents’ advice, and followed their example. My parents worked incredibly hard to build a new life. And I was inspired by their resilience and their abiding conviction in this country’s promise. My sister and I had the opportunity to go to college thanks to federal Pell Grants, scholarships, subsidized student loans, and part-time jobs. I graduated with a political science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and then from the Hofstra University School of Law. Along the way, I have had the good fortune of coming into contact with many people who looked past my skin color and economic status and gave me a chance to succeed. I’ve also seen, firsthand, the huge personal and societal costs to those who have not been so fortunate and been shut out of the American Dream.
SO IT MAY NOT BE SURPRISING THAT I HAVE ALWAYS FELT A HUGE CALLING TO SERVE OTHERS. I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR EVERY VOICE IN OUR COMMUNITY TO BE HEARD, INCLUDING THOSE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS, AS I’VE DONE MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE.
WORKING AS A LAWYER
So it may not be surprising that I have always felt a huge calling to serve others. I will continue to fight for every voice in our community to be heard, including those of our children and our most vulnerable residents, as I’ve done my entire adult life. I began my legal career as a Specially Appointed Public Defender in Miami, defending the constitutional rights of people who didn’t have enough money to hire a lawyer of their own. And continued to do the same as a volunteer public defender when I first came to Chester County.
ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT OF CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY
I then went to work as a senior/cabinet level advisor to two Presidents at Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest Historically Black College or University (HBCU). In addition to being in charge of implementing and enforcing the rules around workplace harassment and discrimination, I had the opportunity to work on special projects. One of those was to establish and direct a campus center that enables women and minority owned small business owners to acquire the proficiency, expertise and experience necessary to compete for government contracts.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Volunteerism, has always been a huge part of my life. It has allowed me to connect with the causes, people and places I feel most passionate about, while using my skills to have a positive social impact. During my 15 years in this district, I have helped grow two small, non-profits Open Connections and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and helped The Nature Conservancy constructively engage with diverse communities around urban conservation, health and revitalization.