LaShonda Jewell Holloway who is known professionally as L.J. Holloway, is a courageous, competent Candidate who has a fine command of the Constitution. She is a firm believer in our Democracy and will fight for the will of the PEOPLE. Holloway ran for Congress in 2016 and is running again in 2020 for the same reasons, because she believes that all Americans deserve a fair living wage; should have access to Healthcare; affordable housing, Safe Schools, and be able to retire with Security. As her resume attests, her life is her platform and LJ is determined to see—We, the People form a more perfect union.
Consistent with her character, LaShonda took to the streets at a young age and picketed in front of the Courthouse in her native Jacksonville, Fl. As a result of her activism, at age 15 she was awarded the “Foot soldier for Justice” Award by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC is a Civil Rights organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King). In her undergraduate days it was not uncommon for Holloway to be found in Freedom Square fighting against Apartheid or in the Administration building where she worked as a work study Student at Howard University during the infamous protest in 1989.
No stranger to work, the hardworking Student once worked three jobs simultaneously in undergraduate. Among them was the coveted “Stay in School” program where she was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and later returned as a professional. After teaching and working for Merrill Lynch, Holloway was admitted to Law School. Upon graduating from Law School Candidate Holloway went back to Washington and began working on Capitol Hill for now retired Member of Congress Carrie P. Meek.
Disgusted with partisan politics, L.J. went on to work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), trained Federal Law Enforcement officers and negotiated the largest deal in History after 911 to U.S. Customs as an Executive at Lexis Nexis. This serial entrepreneur and Small Business Owner is also the Founder of “All About Health Care Advocates” which she founded to help patients navigate the Health Care system after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2007.
As a result of that devastating diagnosis, LaShonda has fought vigorously for Affordable Healthcare and to lower prescription drug costs and is the President of the “Celebration of Life Annual Benefit which awards Scholarships to Students who major in Health or Science. In 2011, she established a Fellowship in Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida for graduate students who studied gerontology. In addition to her many professional pursuits, L.J. Holloway serves as an Advisory Board Member at the YMCA and is a Member of the ACLU in addition to numerous other organizations; among them Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is also a partner in “Today’s Honoree” [an online blog that Honors others and has featured more than one thousand seven hundred (1700) people].
No stranger to Honors or Students and consistent with her character, the Philanthropist and tireless Community Advocate took an entire School to see “Black Panther” as many of the Students in the Title 1 school had never been to a Movie Theater. In her rare spare time, Holloway enjoys spending time with family and mature adults and makes time to travel and mentor Students. Admittedly, she is also a frustrated writer and amateur Aviatrix but because her commitment to the People is true and there is so much work to do, as of late, she has hardly had time for her gifts and hobbies because the laborers are few.