Born in 1968, I grew up on a small family farm in Grants Pass and graduated from Hidden Valley High School in 1986. I attended RCC and decided to open a comic book shop. In 1991, I lost the woman I loved in car accident which plunged me into a deep state of mourning. Stricken with grief, I lost all passion for the business I’d built and decided to close the comic shop and move to Jackson County.

 

As I began to emerge from my bereavement, I took a job working at Safeway. I spent five years with the company, learning the ins and outs of many departments and starting to look toward a promotion to management. Once again, I found out fate had other plans for me when I suffered a career-ending and completely life-altering injury to my leg.

 

After a two-year battle with recovery, I took a third shot a building a life for myself. From 1998 to 2003, I worked as a real estate agent. Newly-disabled and still learning what I could really handle physically, the industry proved a very tough choice. It was at this time that my friend “Bill” who I told you about in another post, came back into my life, at first to find a house for himself and then to pursue a partnership with me in real estate investing.

 

You can read in my other post how Bill’s journey and mine led us apart and back together more than once, but with his knowledge and encouragement, I decided to take yet another leap of faith, a begin down the path to public service I am on today.

 

First, I knew I needed training. I wanted to learn everything I could, so I attended meetings, classes and conventions. I found mentors among the elders of our region’s Democratic party, and I built an impressive learning library. It was then, that I took a page from Bill’s book and decided the next steps would be learning about the Republican party from the inside out. I went back to school.

 

When the day came to start putting all my experience, learning and resources to work, I began by educating everyone on my team and reaching into communities to teach local Democrats to represent their neighbors. I always emphasized thinking of the party as a whole to avoid falling prey to special interests. We worked together to establish fundraisers that could become recurring and self-sufficient.

 

I assisted with campaigns for several lower-level state politicians and experimented with various information-gathering techniques. I worked my way all the way up to the halls of Washington D.C. where I learned even more lessons and found more friends and allies.

 

When I think of all my experience, education and efforts, as well as my record for getting back up every time life has knocked me down, I finally feel ready to put it all together on behalf of the State of Oregon’s Second District. My reputation in Washington D.C. will be one of putting the needs of the people ahead of big corporations, making Oregon business and infrastructure green and sustainable, and writing protections for some of our most vulnerable populations into the law. I also intend to stay connected with the Democratic party right here in my home state, passing on what I learn to the generations coming behind me, creating leaders and brightening the future of Oregon.

Born in 1968, I grew up on a small family farm in Grants Pass and graduated from Hidden Valley High School in 1986. I attended RCC and decided to open a comic book shop. In 1991, I lost the woman I loved in car accident which plunged me into a deep state of mourning. Stricken with grief, I lost all passion for the business I’d built and decided to close the comic shop and move to Jackson County.

 

As I began to emerge from my bereavement, I took a job working at Safeway. I spent five years with the company, learning the ins and outs of many departments and starting to look toward a promotion to management. Once again, I found out fate had other plans for me when I suffered a career-ending and completely life-altering injury to my leg.

 

After a two-year battle with recovery, I took a third shot a building a life for myself. From 1998 to 2003, I worked as a real estate agent. Newly-disabled and still learning what I could really handle physically, the industry proved a very tough choice. It was at this time that my friend “Bill” who I told you about in another post, came back into my life, at first to find a house for himself and then to pursue a partnership with me in real estate investing.

 

You can read in my other post how Bill’s journey and mine led us apart and back together more than once, but with his knowledge and encouragement, I decided to take yet another leap of faith, a begin down the path to public service I am on today.

 

First, I knew I needed training. I wanted to learn everything I could, so I attended meetings, classes and conventions. I found mentors among the elders of our region’s Democratic party, and I built an impressive learning library. It was then, that I took a page from Bill’s book and decided the next steps would be learning about the Republican party from the inside out. I went back to school.

 

When the day came to start putting all my experience, learning and resources to work, I began by educating everyone on my team and reaching into communities to teach local Democrats to represent their neighbors. I always emphasized thinking of the party as a whole to avoid falling prey to special interests. We worked together to establish fundraisers that could become recurring and self-sufficient.

 

I assisted with campaigns for several lower-level state politicians and experimented with various information-gathering techniques. I worked my way all the way up to the halls of Washington D.C. where I learned even more lessons and found more friends and allies.

 

When I think of all my experience, education and efforts, as well as my record for getting back up every time life has knocked me down, I finally feel ready to put it all together on behalf of the State of Oregon’s Second District. My reputation in Washington D.C. will be one of putting the needs of the people ahead of big corporations, making Oregon business and infrastructure green and sustainable, and writing protections for some of our most vulnerable populations into the law. I also intend to stay connected with the Democratic party right here in my home state, passing on what I learn to the generations coming behind me, creating leaders and brightening the future of Oregon.