Xavier Ellis

His Story

"I am the son of a Louisiana farmer and hunter."

Family Ties of Xavier Ellis (from l-r) Parents: Cynthia Ellis and Emmett Washington Jr, Young Xavier with his sisters, Ariana and Natara Johnson, Xavier and his little family Kentrell and Kyson Ellis

I was raised by a poor single mother on welfare. Despite these circumstances, she taught her son a valuable lesson growing up: “If you want a certain reality you must go for it and never apologize for seeking your true heart’s desire.”

I went on to start praise and worship at several churches growing up in Mississippi. Life brought me back to my hometown of Ferriday, Louisiana. Here, I found a home church at Pentecostals of the Miss-Lou. While in Ferriday High School, I asked God to let me have the top spot in the class. Mixing faith with works, I went on to be salutatorian of my high school class. Believing in the power of education, I went on to get my Bachelor’s of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science. 

After 18 years of serving in the roles of a public education student, a northern and southern Louisiana resident, a young voter, a predominantly white institution (PWI) college graduate, an employee of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) grad, and teacher in one of the poorest parishes, I am ready to bring hope back to a state rich in history.


With your VOTE, I would like to become a Louisiana folk hero rather than another YOUNG Louisiana evacuee. Let’s Elevate Together by electing Xavier Dentraye’ Ellis as the 57th Governor of the Pelican State.


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