Age: 29. (04/08/83, Wichita, KS).
Arizona since: 2006.
Occupation: Third-year law student at ASU; electrical engineer, General Dynamics C4 Systems, 2006-2010.
Marital: Did not respond..
Religious preference: Methodist.
Education: J.D. candidate, ASU, expected 2013; B.S., computer engineering, Kansas State University, 2005.
Political experience: Chair, LD17 Republicans, 2008-2010; volunteered for various campaigns.
Memberships: College Republicans at ASU; Tempe First United Methodist Church; LD17 Republicans; Maricopa County Republicans, Executive Guidance Committee.
Interests: Outdoor activities and sports, especially flag football, softball, ultimate Frisbee, hiking, biking; ASU sports teams; dogs/dog rescues.
Political influence: Barry Goldwater.
Job creation measures: The state can promote job growth by lowering taxes and reducing onerous regulations. Any measure the state takes that isn’t directed at improving the environment for businesses may bring a few jobs, but won’t bring in jobs en masse as is needed.
Top Issues: Education – I want to protect education from drastic budget cuts that weaken the education our children receive. I believe there is money to be saved in education, but real cost-saving reforms need to be implemented before the budget can be cut. I support more local control for public schools. I support a more diverse class offering in middle school and high school, giving kids useful skills beyond just basics like reading, writing, and math. Job Creation – the high-tech sector, health care providers, and small businesses are important job creators in Dist 24. I want to work with these enterprises to make sure government is promoting job growth and not hindering it.
Prop 100 sales tax extension: I oppose extending the 1% tax increase because nearly 10% sales tax is too high. Tax revenues are increasing and the state is starting to replenish the rainy day fund. It is my understanding that we are still on track for this tax to be unnecessary by the time it expires.
Illegal immigration: Arizona needs to work closely with the federal government in addressing this issue.
Background & experience: I worked hard as district chairman to bring together people with diverse political opinions and get them to work as one cohesive unit. I’d like to work toward getting Republicans and Democrats working together in the Legislature.
Pro-life / pro-choice: I am against abortion on a personal basis, but I understand the need for a limited legal avenue for women to make this decision. I support a ban on late term abortions.
One last thing: Constituent services is going to be very important to me. I want voters to know I care about their problems regardless of political affiliation or any other identification, and I will do everything I can to help them through any bureaucratic red tape. Dist 24 is a diverse community, which I am determined to represent fairly and thoroughly.
Campaign finance: public.