In 2002, I left for the Air Force about two weeks after graduating from high school.  I was initially stationed in Italy, deployed to Iraq, and deployed to several other countries in Europe and Africa.  I then got stationed in Germany where I met my wife and where our daughter was born.

At the end of my enlistment in 2008, I began working as a power systems technician and moonlighting as a musical performer.  I traveled a lot for my company all over the country, so I’d bring my guitar with me to perform where ever I went.  Eventually, my company promoted me to become a training instructor for other technicians.

Performing at a coffee shop

Performing at a coffee shop

At a job site

At a job site

The family

The family

Deployment to Cape Verde

Deployment to Cape Verde

Deployment to Iraq

Deployment to Iraq

Deployment to Albania

Deployment to Albania

 

We then settled down in DuPont.  We were drawn to this town since it was rated as one of the safest cities in Washington, had great schools, and showed a lot of support for our active duty and retired military members.  It’s also a great place to go for a jog!

I decided to run for city council because I wanted to contribute a perspective that many of our residents can relate to.  As a veteran, I’ve been through the hardships of deployments; as a working man, I’ve done many hours of overtime to support my family; and as a musician, I’ve pursued my passions.  Through my experiences, I can best relate to our residents and look out for their best interests.