I was born to parents living in Orem, but spent most of my childhood in Columbus, Ohio. Growing up, I often visited family in Orem and Provo and have fond memories of riding my bike around the city with my cousins, playing in Orem’s parks, and checking out enormous stacks of books from the public library. I come from a long line of teachers and farmers who have all shown me examples of the importance of service and community.
During the 2012 Presidential election, I was disturbed by how divisive and disheartening national politics were becoming. I know there is naturally going to be disagreement, but I was disappointed at all of the blame, slander, and downright hatred that seemed to be spreading throughout the political world. I started looking to local politics as a place where, while there was still disagreement, people seemed more committed to working together to actually build better communities. I got excited about the idea that people from different backgrounds and viewpoints could come together to make decisions that would improve the quality of life for everyone. I also realized that local politics affect our daily lives much more than national politics, and I started seeking to find a way to involve myself and others in making those changes.
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Brandy, for almost four years, and we bought a home in Orem about a year ago. In that time, I've rediscovered my love for this city. While I may not have the years of life and career experience that other candidates do, I believe I can bring a fresh perspective to municipal issues facing Orem. I have a vested interest in the future of this city and hope to bring original ideas to the council that will help uniquely address the challenges we have. I want all residents of Orem to discover the importance of local politics: they matter, and that there is room for everyone's voice to be heard.