Active Leadership to Deliver Results for Our Community
Hello North County! My name is Curtis Faulkner. I'm known as an activist and volunteer in our North County community for the past 20 years. As a stakeholder in this community, I've served on the Hazelwood School District's budget-steering, Public Relations, and Superintendent Selection Committees, and currently serve on the board of the St. Louis Special School District (SSD). As a member of Tee-Masters, the areas oldest black golf club ,I've served as a volunteer golf coach for Hazelwood East High and St. Louis' First Tee program, in an effort to expose young Black youth to the game. I'm a member of both the Spanish Lake Democratic Club and North County Republican Club and have volunteered for many years as a County Assistant Election Judge.
Professionally as a social-entrepreneur, I'm the founding Director of The Juneteenth Heritage & Jazz Festival, Inc. (JHJF), producing concerts and festivals that have raised over $2 million in corporate sponsorships and philanthropic grants. I've also been a registered lobbyist here in Missouri. I've worked with legislators in passing laws in our State's General Assembly in establishing Juneteenth as an "official" state holiday along with a state Emancipation Day commission and, amended the Zoo Museum District's (ZMD) formation bill to now include an African American sub-district as a member. All have been part of my activist commitment to promoting the inclusion, importance and values of our legacy and contributions to both Missouri and America. I want to now work for our North County Community as our District 4 Councilman, and do a job as "your man in Clayton".
Post-Ferguson, we have been challenged with the economic revitalization of our North County community. We face finding ways to sustain our schools, stabilizing our home values, and making our community police friendly. Now, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on both our community's health and economy. Moreso, compounding the challenge of our ability to educate our children, reward and keep good teachers and entice home ownership while we develop plans to recover. To do so, we , ALL as a community-- young, old, business and civic leaders, Democrats and Republicans, Black and White must come together in playing our part. I believe I have the experience and communication skills to help bring that unity and navigate the complicated governmental agencies on our behalf to bring about solutions that help re-market North County as a good place to live, work and play.
In bringing that about, along with current efforts of transforming the former St. Louis Mills Mall to a Sports PowerPlex, I envision the future transformation of the Jamestown Mall into an African American Cultural District featuring a Heritage & Cultural Center to showcase and house our regions stellar arts and cultural organizations. And, a 5000 capacity combination seating and green area Amphitheater for staging summer concerts and broadway shows. These, surrounded by shops, restaurants, live entertainment venues along with the new Zoo expansion would make our N. County community a "destination specific" for increasing our marketability, enhancing our tax base and broaden our regional economic impact value.
As a student, I studied Architectural Engineering at both the University of Texas (Arlington) and Prairie View A&M. After, for the better part of a decade I expanded my knowledge and experience in marketing, sales and technology with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Toshiba and Tandy Computer Corporations. All, affording me an opportunity to seek my desire for a career in entertainment concert promotions and artist management. My client list began with David "Fathead" Newman, opening doors to Stanley Turrentine, Gil Scott-Heron and The Jazz Crusaders to name a few. In this capacity, I also became active in several political campaigns including my own as a candidate for Texas State Legislature . I co-chaired Jesse Jackson's Tarrant County Presidential Campaign in 1988, and as PR chair for the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, became a campaign consultant for Gov. Ann Richards, Congressman Martin Frost and Roy LaVerne Brooks in her bid to become the first black and female chairman of the Texas Democratic Party in 2008. In 2010 I was giving a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for my years of advancing the recognition of Juneteenth by the Congressional Black Legislative Caucus in Washington D.C. where then Sen. Barack Obama was the events keynote speaker. This was followed by President George W. Bush at my request, declaring June as "Black Music Month". I still serve as Chairman of Tourism for the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.(NJOF) which strives for National Observance recognition.
All in all, these efforts gained my organization (JHJF) in 2010, recognition in the St. Louis Commerce Magazine's list of Who's Who.
For me, this all came about due to a commitment to full-fill what I believe both God and our ancestors intended when they created the Harlem Renaissance known as the "first" Negro movement. And, thriving neighborhoods as Greenwood, Oklahoma, known as "Black Wall Street". Many of this nation's great leaders, Fredrick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Madam C. J. Walker, Carter G. Woodson, Dr. M. L. King, Malcolm X and James Baldwin to name a few, all taught true freedoms and liberties embody self-reliance, ownership and self-governance in yielding viable and respectable lives and communities.
I'm fortunate in having been influenced and mentored by these and other great people, and can honor them in no greater way than to continue to uphold and uplift their teachings and legacies.
Today, I'm the proud father of two wonderful girls, Intisar and Ahlam and, a beautiful wife of 29 years, Asha. We've resided in District 4 for 24 years as active stakeholders in this, our North County Community.
Though I now seek to use my experiences to serve the residents of my N. County community as "Your Man in Clayton", in NO way am I looking to make this office a career in politics. I am however, asking to represent at this time, our future needs for economic revitalization of this era of "new normal" needs, for better County leadership representation.