I grew up in Pinconning, Michigan as the son of a commercial fisherman and a school lunch aide. By working part-time and thanks to scholarships, I earned a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. I moved to Ann Arbor nearly six years ago after spending some time living in Salzburg, Austria and Washington D.C. I chose to run for County Commissioner because I love our community and am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve my friends and neighbors. Since the election, it is more important than ever for our local elected leaders to stand up for our residents, and I am committed to working hard to endure our shared values are represented through our County government. In addition to being a County Commissioner, I spend my time as a community activist, working on issues around LGBT equality, economic inequality and public safety.
We are going to have an incredible opportunity with the newly elected Board of Commissioners to do great work for our community and tackle a wide range of challenges. Our biggest challenge will be finding a way to provide all of the services our residents need in the most efficient way possible to ensure we use our resources wisely. We have a great deal of services to provide with limited resources and I'm looking forward to working with my fellow commissioners, county staff and administration to provide critical services to residents.
The key to success as an elected official, in my eyes, is to listen, learn and represent your community with pride.