Who am I?
I am married and the father of three girls in public school. I have been a volunteer firefighter for the last 14 years and have been privileged to comfort people in the worst of times and celebrate with them in the best of times. Professionally, I started my career in construction as a laborer to pay for expenses in college and have worked my way up to now serve as the Director of General Services for the City of Alexandria, VA. As a LEED Accredited Professional I wrote the City’s green building policy in 2003 and have managed seven green building projects achieving LEED Silver and Gold designations.
Why am I running?
Having served as a firefighter and a department head in local government, I have worked on issues that impact citizens’ lives on a daily basis. This work has inspired me to serve in a position that will let me craft policy to better serve the public. In my job in the Alexandria city government, I have seen how the state has passed down unfunded mandates, and I have had to prioritize limited resources. As a father of three girls, I know how important it is to educate our children so they can have every opportunity they deserve. As the husband of a breast cancer survivor, I understand the importance of expanding Medicaid so all Virginians can be protected against financial ruin in the face of medical emergencies. In short, I want to tackle the hard questions that face all Virginians, and create a better, sustainable future for our families and our state.
In my first year in office, I hope to support and introduce legislation that will help reduce traffic and improve our public transportation infrastructure. Northern Virginia has a horrible traffic problem, and I want to work to increase funding for my district and the surrounding areas. By undertaking these projects, I hope that our state will develop an infrastructure to support business and commuters. My second priority will be creating a bipartisan system to draw representative districts. We need to take the politics out of the process, and use our universities and demographers to create representative districts. As your delegate, I will fight for this change before the 2020 census.
My DFA Values
Ultimately, our state is only as strong as our schools and communities. With this in mind, I will work to make sure our schools and local governments are strong, and that they have the resources they need to regain Virginia's position as the top state to do business. I want to strive to find additional revenue streams to protect against unfunded mandates that are passed from the state down to our local communities. We cannot try to solve financial problems at the state level only to pass the burden down to our localities. Government's role should be as a force for good, for increased equality, and for helping to secure a prosperous future. We need a common sense approach that invests in our infrastructure and education, and doesn’t waste time on initiatives that limit our freedoms or take energy away from the initiatives that improve our day-to-day lives and prosperity.
As part of this effort, I would support increased energy independence and environmentally friendly policies. I have been working for the last decade to implement sustainable practices in local government. I helped to write Alexandria’s green building policy, and to build seven LEED gold-certified buildings. I would support the promotion of green building statewide. Additionally, the state needs to invest in green energy to create jobs and build our economy.
My Campaign is People Powered!
We plan to run an extensive field operation that will engage many volunteers, and help us reach out to our local community. I will knock on many doors myself so that I can meet as many voters as possible. Spending time in the field will help me to better understand the needs of my district and the concerns of my constituents. This area is greatly impacted by the sequester, and voters want representation that will work through issues, and not sacrifice jobs and progress for political posturing. That's why I am campaigning to reform the redistricting process and use our state's demographers and great universities to draw political districts, instead of leaving it up to politicians in back room deals. Creating fair districts gives the power back to the people, and will make our politicians more accountable to their