Reason for Seeking Public Office:
Like many of you, I am frustrated with the dysfunction and lack of leadership in Washington DC. We have people "serving" in Congress who are more interested in their next election instead of the next generation and what is best for the community and country. That is not the definition of service.
I served our country in uniform for 26 years, starting off at the Air Force Academy and retiring as a full Colonel. I was taught, served, and commanded my A-10 Fighter Squadron with the three core values of: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. These values are sorely lacking in Congress these days.
I have never been involved in politics before, but I also don't walk by a problem. I am the youngest of five kids and my father died suddenly when I was 12, changing my life forever. In between heart attacks before he died, I got to speak with him and, among other things, he said "Make me proud." My mom, now a widow and single mother of five, went back to work and back to school to continue his legacy of providing opportunities for her children. I was brought up with the values of hard work, service, education, and making a difference with your life.
As I continued on my life journey, my own passion to make a difference grew and deepened. I have a fire in my belly to fix things that are broken and make things right that are wrong. Watching DC degrade to partisan bickering and gridlock, I started to feel a call to duty to step up and serve the people of Southern Arizona in Congress. The oath of office of a Member of Congress is the same exact wording as the oath of a military officer. I consider this my next assignment in civilian clothes.