Father & Husband
Our highest responsibility is to the generation ahead of us, and it's a humbling reminder of the hard work and sacrifice that previous Americans have done to give us the opportunities and rights that we have today.
And the children of today, not that many years in the future, will be our doctors, police officers, and civic leaders.
Many women, like my own wife, had to pick between raising young children, taking a massive dent in their careers, or working simply to afford child care bills. And even those decisions, as gut wrenching as they are, is nothing compared to parents who have children with special needs.
As a father, I've learned the special role that I have to my children. Kids will make and lose countless friends, but their parents must be the bedrock that never shifts and always supports them. I believe that by supporting parents, we support children.
Through military service I learned the importance of civic duty and the capacity of everyday Americans to step forward in assistance of others.
I'm proud to have served my country in the United States Navy. I enlisted when I was 17 years old and fought in the submarine service. My father was a Marine aviator in Vietnam, and my grandfather before him was an Army surgeon in North Africa during World War II.
As firefighter and search and rescue team member I've worked for my community. When people are in their greatest hour of need I am privileged to be there to support them.
It's a privilege to be in an emergency vehicle with a group of professionals who are laser-beam focused on helping others. The reality of emergency medicine, where life hangs in the balance, is on the forefront of my mind when discussing policy and driving change forward.
Business and technology
I have over 15 years of experience in business and technology. Working in large and complex organizations, I'm familiar with the sometimes glacial speed that progress moves with. But coming from the private sector, I also have little tolerance for bad ideas and poor results. Anything built by people can be changed by people, and the job of government is to implement good ideas and discard what doesn't work.
You will frequently find me backpacking in the high Sierras, snowboarding, mountain biking, running, and anything else I can do with my friends or family. I believe strongly that by enjoying our natural environment we can value it more. When climate change impacts you personally it carries much more weight than simply hearing about it in the news.
We all have a blend of experiences that uniquely shapes us. I have decades of organizational leadership challenges under my belt including the all-to-painfully-slow progress that comes when working in a complex system with competing interests. I will take that experience, my values, and a solid work ethic to Mono County.