Why I'm Running:
I am not a political insider -- we have enough of those already. I am a proud husband, father, Christian, and South Carolinian. I am running to represent South Carolina House District 112 because I believe in putting family first. I care deeply about quality of life in our community, as well as keeping our beaches, water, and air clean for generations to come. Our district deserves a public servant who will go to work for the people who call East Cooper home.
If elected to the State House, I pledge that I will support bipartisan efforts to do what's best for South Carolina. As our state continues to grow, we must invest in infrastructure to solve everyday problems like traffic congestion. We must support our K-12 public schools and make our colleges and universities more affordable. We must champion small businesses and the good-paying jobs they bring to our community as well as raise the minimum wage so that working families can afford to live in our community. We must conserve our natural environment and lead the transition to clean energy -- by rejecting any effort to bring offshore drilling to our coast.
No longer shall we be divided, but instead learn to work together, love thy neighbor, and build a better tomorrow for our children. With your support, we can make real change and improve the lives of South Carolinians.
My wife, Heather, and I fell in love with Charleston and moved here to raise our family. Our two boys, Sawyer and Sullivan, love playing on the beach and in local parks like Alhambra Hall and Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. The sense of community, strong Christian values, and outdoor lifestyle make this a special place to call home. We live in Mount Pleasant where we live, play, and attend Seacoast Church.
As a lifelong Advocate, I have given my time to many nonprofits, fighting for legislation that supports the greater good. After my father was diagnosed with military service-related ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) I became a citizen advocate for the ALS Association, joining them on Capitol Hill to fight for funding that would directly help improve the lives of veterans and many others who suffer from ALS. During these visits to Congress, I was inspired by the idea that the average citizen can have a direct impact on their lawmakers.
As a former Union worker, I come from humble beginnings. I grew up in a working-class, blue-collar town near Detroit, Michigan. My father, James, was a Vietnam vet and worked two jobs to support our family while my mother, Stacia, helped raise three children by day, and cleaned offices at night to put food on the table.
I am a product of the public school system. As a first generation college student, I attended a junior college in Michigan to learn the trade of multimedia production, before attending the University of Alabama to major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Communications, Advocacy and Community Engagement. At the University of Alabama, I had the privilege of interning at the U.S. State Department and the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, where I honed my skills in policy research and project management while deepening my appreciation for the natural beauty of our state
As your voice in the State House, I will work with you to make our community and our state the best it can be. You can reach me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media!