Name: Alonzo T. Washington
Occupation: Delegate representing District 22 in Prince George’s County
How did you get to where you are today? Well, you know, my mom birthed me in 1983. Is that what you’re referring to? No? For this position, a delegate stepped down, and I put my name in the hat for the position, and [the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee] selected me, on a vote of 15 out of 21 votes. Once they sent my name up to the governor, he appointed me on December 19. Before that, I was the chief of staff to a county council member.
Do you have any hidden talents? I am a very very fast young man. I was a sprinter in high school; of course I played football at the University of Maryland. I was really small then, only about 157 and 5-foot-10, and I’m pretty sure that that’s how I got on the team. I am extremely fast.
When did you get those braces? I got these in December of 2011, so mine come off in March. I’m excited. I can’t chew gum. I stay away from red wines, or anything red or apples. I can’t bite into them now. I have to cut them up. It’ll be worth it. It’s an investment, especially in the field that I’m going into.
What is your guilty pleasure food? I love banana pudding. My grandmother used to make them all the time. They were delicious. I am a banana phenom.
What was your favorite game as a kid? I loved Chutes and Ladders; I loved Challenge 24. It’s where on a card they have four numbers you have to multiply, subtract, add or divide, and make them equal 24. Now I have an app for it. You would love it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? My mentor told me stay humble — to remain a servant to the people, do good, not do good for yourself. He gave me this poem called, “If” - “If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch...” And my mom taught me to stand above the fray. Be the bigger man.
Who was your mentor? His name is Joe Fisher. He runs an organization called First Generation College Bound. It’s very dear to my heart. I am the first in my family to go to college.
What issue do you care about the most? Insuring college remains affordable for low- to middle-income families, educating people so that they can have an opportunity for college. It’s impacted my life so much. I think I’d still be working if I didn’t go to college, but I don’t know where I’d be.
Which fictional character would you most like to be? Doctor X from the X-men. He’s calm, cool, collected, thinks before he talks. He’s the leader of the pack, the guy that everyone wants to go to for advice.
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