First and foremost, I am a Virginian, and a proud veteran of the United States Navy. My family has been in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1740. My mother and father both served in the United States Marine Corp, so yes, my mother wore combat boots!
I’m a self-made man with a myriad of life experiences. I attended school in Germany during my formative years before returning to Batesville, Virginia to finish high school. While in High school, and following in the footsteps of my mother, I volunteered with the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad and became an EMT. In September of 1985, I enlisted into the United States Navy. While enlisted, I became a linguist. Already fluent in German, I learned Korean and became certified in both. My passion to serve those in need led to my return to the medical field as a trained Hospital Corpsman. I had the opportunity to serve with the United States Marine Corp as a company corpsman.
Prior to the end of my enlistment, I was accepted to the medical school of George Washington University. I finished my enlistment and started taking classes.
It was during this time that my life changed forever. On a sunny afternoon in 1991, I stopped to help a broken down car on the side of the highway. As I was looking over the engine I was struck by a drunk driver. I sustained severe injuries as a result of the accident. It was weeks before I could feel my legs and decades for the pain to subside to a rare occurrence. This personal experience gives me a keen insight when discussing health and safety concerns.
For over 30 years, I have worked and managed in various industries and fields, including hospitality and commercial sales. In 2011, I turned my hobby into my career and have been self-employed as a mechanic. The irony hasn't been lost by me. Despite the immense challenges my accident brought, my passion for automobiles and helping others has sustained. I, like others here in the 59th District, have had my share of challenges. These challenges have made me who I am, but do not define me.
I have spent my professional and personal life serving my country and my community. As a Virginian with deep roots, if elected as your representative, I will bring to the House of Delegates a rare voice of common sense and much needed understanding of the concerns of my fellow citizens in the 59th District.
I humbly ask for your support in this endeavor and your vote on November 7th.
Thank you so much,