Who am I?
I am a husband, father, and college educator whose family history in Ohio dates back to 1826.
I learned the value of public service and commitment to the working men and women of the Midwest as the first son of a union household when my mother, Rebecca, was elected the first female president of the NALC Summit City Branch 116, where she served 6 years faithfully in that role.
As a photojournalist, I told the stories of people who struggled and yet persevered in some of the toughest neighborhoods, finding solutions where others only saw problems.
With an engineering degree from Purdue University, I took my talents to Procter & Gamble where my assignments in research and development led to teamwork on some of the most cutting edge advances in my field.
My quest for on-going education and exploration of knowledge took me to Cornell University and the attainment of a Masters Degree in Public Policy which translated into a stint with U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and focus on solving the funding gap in the U.S. Highway Trust Fund and important work examining and solving America’s infrastructure crisis.
Currently in pursuit of my Doctorate in Transportation Planning at DAAP’s School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati, I find myself in the classroom, teaching the next generation of our best and brightest in the fields of economics, history of urban form, and other transportation related topics.
When it comes to public service and the search for solutions to dilemmas that face Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District and the rest of the Buckeye State, I believe in common sense approaches to improving the lives of all Americans.
Why am I running?
I am running because I believe it is one of the most important things I can do as a citizen, and I can no longer remain silent. The voice, morals, and ideals of my family, friends, and neighbors are not represented in Washington. It is time for a new generation of leadership. Entrenched partisanship has led to gridlock and suffering Americans.
My generation is the largest and most diverse in American history. We have created entire industries, revolutionized the way the world communicates with each other, and strived to better our communities with a strong sense of social justice. But we are only getting started. Still we have no voice in Congress. It is time for the next generation of Americans to rise up and influence the decisions impacting our lives for decades to come.
I believe in the potential of my generation to cause meaningful, impactful, and positive change across Ohio, the country, and the world. We have only just begun.