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I am a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, where I obtained a bachelor of science degree in business management with a concentration in human resources management and a master of science in sustainable management. I am a U.S. Navy veteran having completed a 20-year career in 2002 and worked in the private sector for 10 years prior to returning to school.
As a veteran, I have a passion for ensuring veterans in need, including the homeless and those in nursing homes receive the care and assistance they deserve. As a member of VFW 7308 in Pleasant Prairie, I served as the student district advocacy chair, where I assisted veterans in developing pathways toward completing their college education.
I believe in investing in educating and training today's children that will produce tomorrow's skilled workforce. This support is shown through my volunteer work that includes mentoring a child in the Big Brother program and volunteer citizen adviser for the Kenosha Unified School Board's Audit/Budget/Finance Committee. Additionally, I served as a volunteer for three years at the Eco-Justice Center in Racine, Wisconsin where they focused on sustainability and preserving natural resources through its investment in renewable energy, education programs for children and adults, using rain barrels, and gardening techniques that preserve the soil. I also served as a chairperson for a committee in support of the Eco-Justice Center's Fall Festival, their largest fundraising event as a non-profit organization.
Completing a master's in sustainable management and a prior passion for preserving our natural resources, I believe we must do what we can to preserve a world for future generations. While preserving all our natural resources is important, I am particularly focused on water. I believe that water has become today's gold because its value has increased as its availability around the world has decreased. On a practical standpoint, I believe that safe, clean water is the foundation for building a prosperous economy.
I grew up in eastern Iowa and have ancestral roots in farming where I attained a keen appreciation for the hard work farmers do to feed a nation. Growing up and working on my uncle's farm that has been in the family since 1910 provided me insight of a farmer's responsibilities. The farming experience is why I advocate for family farms first over Concentrated Animal Feeding Organizations (CAFOs).
Michelle, my wife of almost 30 years, and I enjoy traveling. We have traveled to several European countries within the past 12 years In addition to the European vacations, we also enjoyed trips to the Michigan Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin where we can truly enjoy Earth's natural wonders. We now reside in Marinette where we can enjoy scenic beauty of the area surrounded with water on a daily basis.
Since relocating to Marinette, we are alarmed by the concern by local citizens to preserve their water resources for drinking, fishing, hunting, boating and camping they feel is at risk. The issues have motivated me to run for the Wisconsin 89th Assembly District. I passionately share the citizens' concerns for preserving their water resources. Additionally, I believe it is time for elected officials to listen to citizens who voiced their concerns loud and clear and believe they need to be addressed instead of being ignored. I will make my decision to run for state Assembly known in the very near future.