Why I'm Running
We need change in Columbus
First and foremost, I'm running because I'm from Southern Ohio and have practically lived my whole life here. And I'm tired of Southern Ohio getting the short end of the stick.
It's time to make a change. I want to make some noise in Columbus. I want the General Assembly to take notice of us and finally invest in our community.
I want my kids to be able to raise their families here, but that requires jobs and opportunities that are currently lacking.
Current census numbers show our population - along with job opportunities - is leaving the area. Our current trajectory is downward and dire.
Corrupt politicians just aren't helping us.
I'm not a politician
I wasn't born into money. I grew up the son of public school teachers.
Most folks know me as a local photographer. I've been photographing seniors and aspiring models for the past 10 years.
When times got tough, especially through the pandemic, we struggled just like everyone else. Like many in Southern Ohio, government assistance provided a very necessary lifeline to keep us afloat. So I understand the struggles of everyday folks in our area.
My campaign isn't funded by a trustfund. We're fueled by a passion to improve the lives of all Southern Ohioans.
When I graduated from high school, I attended Shawnee State University studying graphic design. Took a break to try my hand at acting - moving to Wilmington, NC to run around in the background of the WB hit series Dawson's Creek and (much to my children's amazement) get 3 seconds of screentime as a mad scientist in Muppets From Space.
I returned to Ohio to attend - and graduate from - Ohio University in Athens, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Video Production.
In the Fall of 2007 I married my gorgeous wife Stacy. We have four boys (Isaiah, Braden, Grayson and Maxton) ranging in ages from 23 to 5, as well as two grandchildren!
That same year we won the Heinz Ketchup Top This TV Challenge by producing a Heinz commercial that beat out over 4000 entries nationwide.
After the birth of our 3rd son, my focus changed from video production to portrait photography. And that's what I've been doing ever since.