A native of Frederick County, Kavonté says he was raised by a village that included his family, friends, neighbors, mentors, and others who took interest in his wellbeing. For him, they were the driving force that provided support, encouragement, and accountability. With this type of support, Kavonté began learning about the importance of community at an early age. Whether it was his involvement in the church, his participation in school via mentoring groups and afterschool activities, or his role as a member of a large and active family, he was raised to appreciate that we each have an obligation to contribute to our community’s success. Kavonté and his wife, Chantell wants their son, Micah to grow up embracing those same values.
A graduate of Tuscarora High School and Frederick Community College (FCC), he was FCC’s President of the Student Government Association and Student Representative on the Presidential Search Committee. Kavonté is a member of Improved, Benevolent, Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOEW) Mountain City Lodge # 382, Road Knights Car Club Inc., and currently serves on the Board of Directors for African American Resources Cultural and Heritage Society (AARCH) and Fairview Cemetery. He previously served on the Frederick County Human Relations Commission and on the Board of Directors for United Democrats of Frederick County, Eliminating Achievement Gaps, I Believe in Me Inc., and City Youth Matrix.
He feels strongly that we must prepare the next generation to lead. This includes investing in opportunities for small businesses to grow, supporting innovative starts-ups and attracting new industries who will hire local talent. Kavonté appreciates the fact that a local small business owner gave him the opportunity to earn an income and gain valuable experience that kept him in the community. He has been employed with the Gary L. Rollins Funeral Home since 2011 and that job prepared him for his current employment with The Religious Coalition as Director of Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter, the leading homelessness service provider in the County.
It is important to him to put people before politics in order to implement effective change. This involves creating a space at the table for those he represents, including those who have traditionally been overlooked. Kavonte cares about Frederick County and the people who call it home. For him, this is personal as he gives his heart, mind and voice to the citizens of Frederick County.