Arizona Values and Experience
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 am deeply committed to the community as instilled in me by my parents who gave back in their own ways. After my father left the Air Force, he traveled the state as a field engineer, while my mother taught nursing at Mesa Community College. They insisted that education was always a top priority in our family, but they were unable to afford my college tuition. So, I started working at the age of thirteen, earned my Accounting degree in night school, and passed the CPA exam. I was a corporate tax auditor, small business accountant, financial consultant, software architect, and helped grow a local company into an international firm.
Over the years I have volunteered with multiple educational, environmental, and community organizations including as a tutor for second-graders at a local public school. 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 we could not sit idly by while these potentially disastrous changes were made, my wife and I looked for the most effective way to return common sense and integrity back into the institutions that govern us. Even though I had never planned to run for office, we realized that bringing my financial background, problem-solving skills, business experience, and focused determination to the State Senate was critical to helping save Arizona’s future.
As your State Senator, I will restore fiscal responsibility to our state so that we can properly invest in pre-K through post-secondary schools to ensure all students receive a great education, which will grow our economy and create good-paying jobs. I will protect individual freedoms, and fight for everyone to have access to quality, affordable healthcare regardless of pre-existing conditions. I will use an equitable long-term investment approach to help grow our renewable energy market, update our infrastructure, protect our neighborhoods, and create a 21st-Century economy that works for every Arizonan.
I understand the enormity of this challenge and I am wholeheartedly committed to working for the people of our state.
Experience and Education