I WOULD BE VERY HONORED
TO REPRESENT YOU
I served in the United States Marines for 30 years and would like
to continue to serve the people of Brunswick County in
the North Carolina General Assembly House District 17.
BACKGROUND / CAREER
I come from a modest family background, born and raised in California. I lived most of my adult life in North Carolina starting in 1992 having been stationed here for 16 years. My children were raised here. This is their home state, and I want to do my part to make it the best that it can be.
In 1991, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Notre Dame while on a Naval ROTC scholarship. At the Marine Corps War College in 2013, I earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree focusing on strategy, geopolitics, foreign policy, and history.
After 30 years of commissioned service in the Marines, including 26 years on active duty, I retired last year as a Colonel. I’ve lived in Brunswick County since 2010, having met my wife, a local, on a previous tour at Camp Lejeune.
I have been heavily involved with Brunswick County’s Habitat for Humanity, my American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts in Leland. My association with these non-partisan organization is not indicative of their political endorsement.
Last summer, I became deeply involved with multiple non-profit efforts to help Afghan refugees settle in the United States. It is hard to express the devotion and gratitude I feel for the Afghan interpreters I worked with during my tours in their country. They have been the focus of my undertaking.
In addition, since 2021, I have been the Chair of the Brunswick County Democratic Party (temporarily resigned during the primaries due to my candidacy).
NEWS & INFO
RECENT NEWS and INFORMATION
WHERE I STAND
FRESH IDEAS to improve life in Brunswick County:
Education: We need to invest more in education to handle the growth of
Brunswick county’s population. Teachers are under-resourced which only
exacerbates teacher shortages in our schools.
Environment: We need to protect our environment for our children’s future.
This includes increasing sustainable sources of energy which will both
increase jobs and improve air quality. We need clean drinking water,
and the environment cleared of PFAS.
Healthcare: Especially important for those on fixed incomes, it is important
to improve the quality, affordability, and availability of health care.
Workforce housing: Affordable housing for young adults is increasingly
difficult to find throughout Brunswick County. This has become even more
difficult due to the explosive increases in real estate over the past 2 years.