Raleigh Bowman was born in North Carolina and grew up in an average working-class family. But as the years went on, Raleigh witnessed first-hand the injustices that exist within our society and found that our society, as it is, does not offer protection to or fight for individuals suffering from mental health issues, the uninsured, those with disabilities, or battling addiction.
During his childhood, Raleigh watched helplessly as his mother struggled with her mental health, which led to her resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms due to a lack of access to mental health services and sufficient health care. In addition, his father, who was the sole provider for his family, suffered an injury and, as a result, became disabled and lost access to healthcare. Because of those personal experiences, Raleigh better understands what so many American citizens struggle with every day.
Raleigh worked most of his life fighting for others while watching his father struggle with health-related issues. Unfortunately, Raleigh's father passed away due to heart-related issues back in 2019. This is why it's so important that we work to ensure every American has access to high-quality health care and that it's recognized as a human right. Raleigh knows firsthand the needs and issues facing our nation.
Raleigh has worked in the private sector his entire adult life. His experience ranges from training and development, Human Resources, company policy reforms to managing multiple departments for various major corporations. Raleigh continuously championed and fought for his employees throughout his professional career for issues such as wage increases, training and development, holding corporations accountable, and workers' right or unionization. Raleigh made a career change, leaving management several years ago to begin work in the aviation industry. Raleigh has since met thousands of people across the country, all from different backgrounds, each experiencing their own unique struggles in life. Raleigh took the time to understand and identify the needs of people from all walks of life.
Raleigh knows how broken our system is as he experienced those failures firsthand. He is a champion and avid supporter of equality, healthcare, justice reform, BLM, and the fight for a living wage. He has worked to increase wages, marched against injustice, and fought for equality and reforms. He knows what it will take to represent the people because he's lived it.