I was born and raised in Northern Michigan and I've returned with my wife to raise our family and grow our business here. Out of all of the places in the world we could've chosen to do so, it was here. We did so out of a profound love of the area, its people, natural resources, and a way of life that's still conducive to properly raising a young family.
This is my first time running for elected office. I am doing so not out of ambition, but out of necessity. Our area is experiencing growth that is inevitable. With that growth comes significant risk, that if mismanaged, will erase the fundamental identity and character of the place we call home. This all comes down to defining our growth and not letting it define us. My campaign slogan is “A future we can recognize”. This is born out of acknowledging that we have to be very intentional about shaping this growth so my kids can stand a chance at being able to recognize why we all decided to call this home. East Bay Township needs foresight and proactive leadership to make this happen.
- Responsible growth. Our growth is inevitable. How we manage it is critical. Existing, well-thought local laws are being ignored or not enforced. Others need more modernization for newer challenges. Our environment is being sacrificed at great long term expense for the short term gains of special interests. I will work to ensure that we have the laws and enforcement necessary to properly channel and shape our growth – and that the laws are both consistently applied and enforced. I will be a champion of our natural resources – from the Bay to the Forest Lakes and every natural wonder in between. I will be a voice for the residents who moved here or stayed here seeking an ordinance-protected way of life.
- Equitable and transparent use of COVID ARPA funds. This money didn’t fall from the sky. You and your kids will be paying for it. Application of these funds should not be decided by special interest, influence, or popularity contests. I will be a voice for the tax paying residents of East Bay Township, ensuring that this money is treated as an investment that will continue to pay dividends for the generations who will continue to bear the responsibility for funding it.