Who am I?

I am an almost 34 year old (June 2) caseworker, having worked with mentally ill individuals for almost 6 years before beginning work with Medicaid Waiver individuals. I have experience for 4 of those years working in the schools, in tandem with teachers, on behavior support for children. I have been married almost a year to my amazing wife Beth, who is a 3rd grade teacher. We are expecting our first baby, a boy, in July. I hold a Bachelors of Science Degree from Purdue University with an Organizational Leadership and Supervision degree in 2004. I also attended IPFW and Ivy Tech for Psychology and Human Services from 2007-2010.

Why am I running?

I was sickened over the past 5 years how federal and state dollars were being stripped from mental health and had a direct impact on the care being provided to our citizens that desperately need the care. I watched how educational changes were being unveiled that changed the atmosphere in the classroom. I watched how current representatives cared more for big money and less about the people. With this office, I will bring balance and compromise and lead through example and not by pride. Someone that understand educational needs and healthcare needs as well as business experience makes me a highly credible candidate that can and will succeed in having our people's voice and needs heard.

My Goals

* Jobs/Economy
* Public Education
* Government efficiencies through spending and taxes

Those are my 3 goals. I value the term "partnership" and will help partner all levels of government as well as with local communities, business, and workers. We put an emphasis on jobs and education will help push for our economy and nation forward. I work on helping connect people and organizations with a person-focused approach and watch how when people work together and improvements are seen in individuals, the one overlying piece is the cost. Costs go down when people work together.

My DFA Values

My values that are found on my main page.
Family comes first. Service of others before oneself. Honesty is a virtue. Humility is a gift and takes practice. Trust is hard to gain, but easy to lose.
Bipartisanship is a must. Learning is essential.

These show my values mirror DFA's. I believe in giving back to the communities and protecting the individuals I serve as a case manager. I am expanding this with my team that we have a people-centered approach to connecting with everyone to show their voice will be heard in D.C.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My team is continuing to establish grassroots coordinators in all the 12 counties of IN-03. From there, we are going to break down to small grid units in the cities. We are also working in connection with all county party leadership to build the candidate base united. We are keeping a positive person-centered approach to this election and I'm holding everyone on my team accountable to this.

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About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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