I moved to Des Moines with my family when I was 11. Coming from a small Florida town, I didn’t know what to expect. As it often goes when you’re a kid, I was simply going with the flow. What I found was a city beaming with potential and filled with kind, interesting people. A town I’m still happy to call home.
I consider myself lucky that I went to Midway Elementary and Mt. Rainier High School. Both had teachers that I’ll remember forever and truly helped me grow as a person. I was proud to attend the hometown college (Highline) through the Running Start program during my junior and senior year of high school. My first job was at the McDonalds on Pac Highway.
As I got older, and became a father of two, I proudly chose to remain living in Des Moines. Even when I was working and going to college full-time in Olympia, I chose to commute to and from Des Moines rather than move.
Throughout the years I’ve watched the city grow and improve in many areas, while unfortunately regressing in others. Crime rates are higher now than they were five or 10 years ago, and so are poverty rates. In addition, our local government lacks transparency, and city leaders haven’t done near enough to take full advantage of our city’s untapped potential, or to promote our city’s businesses.
I’m running for city council because I believe strongly that Des Moines needs more councilors willing to confront the issues our city faces and to work towards bringing us into the future while retaining our small-town charm. I love this city as much as anyone else, and I don’t want us to become a small Seattle, but we have to face our challenges head-on rather than looking past them. We have to push for new, innovative ways to improve our resident’s way of life and to make our city a safer place to live.
If elected to the city council, I would do just that. I would work nonstop to better our city. I would listen to my constituency, and would truly take into account what it is they want me to focus on and support (I would hold regular open-to-the-public office hours, and would personally respond to all e-mails and calls). I will always stand by my convictions, and have plenty of policies I would immediately begin working on, but I’m also willing to consider all angles of any issue and admit when I’m wrong when presented with new information, rather than blindly follow a particular ideology or political party regardless of the facts.
I strongly appreciate – and am honored by – any consideration you give to supporting my campaign for Des Moines City Council, Position 06.