Ever since my family moved to Arizona when I was three years old, I have been honored to call this great state my home. Raised and educated in the valley, I have always been deeply committed to the community. Much of this commitment was instilled in me by my parents who gave back in their own ways. After my father left the military, he traveled the state as a field engineer, while my mother taught nursing at Mesa Community College. They ensured that education was always a top priority in our family.
As an adult, I put myself through night school while working full time as a state corporate tax auditor. In 1993, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and passed the CPA exam. I went on to be the controller for a small business and then entered the software industry where I helped a local company grow into an international firm.
In 2015, I wanted to fully commit to the love of my life, Janet, her two teenage children and the community I cherish.
So, I removed myself from the workforce and volunteered with multiple organizations including the Climate Reality Project. As a part of these pursuits, I became more directly involved in local politics and spent many hours at the state capitol, where I witnessed members of the legislature putting party before people and jeopardizing Arizona’s future for short-term political gains.
Knowing that I could not sit idly by while these potentially disastrous changes were made, I looked for the most effective way to bring common sense and morality back into the institutions that govern us. Even though I had never planned to run for office, I realized that becoming a State Senator was how I would do my part to help save Arizona’s future. I know that my financial background, problem-solving skills, business experience and focused determination will serve me well in the State Legislature.
As your State Senator, I will restore public education funding to help students and teachers, which will grow our economy and create jobs. I will support clean air, reliable water, renewable energy and climate justice to help keep Arizonans safe and healthy. I will protect individual freedoms, voter rights and basic human rights for every person.
I understand the enormity of this challenge and I am wholeheartedly committed to saving Arizona’s future.