Who I Am
I am a Colorado native and a resident of Clear Creek County for over 12 years. I have fallen in love with the county and the people that live here. I am running for commissioner so that this county can continue to be the place that I love.
I may not be the spit and polish candidate that some people would expect. My biography is not squeaky clean, but it is truthful and real. Hopefully, those are qualities that you want in a commissioner. There are things in my past I wish I could change. But I have found that some of our biggest mistakes in life can become our greatest life lessons.
I was raised in my father's machine shop where I was taught the value of a strong work ethic. That was probably the greatest legacy that my father left me. He also taught me to find common-sense solutions to problems. Many times those solutions come from listening to others and always being willing to learn. That lesson served me well during the times I was managing million dollar a year businesses and I believe it will be essential as a commissioner.
In 2006, I lost a house in the market collapse. Having your home taken away from you is a feeling that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Two different times my wife and I were just hours away from being on the streets. As it was, we spent 3 months sleeping on an air mattress in a friends living room. Those experiences give me an empathy with many people who have not always had secure housing. For some reason, my wonderful wife stuck by my side through it all. We slowly began to climb out of that hole even through hard times and setbacks over the next few years.
In 2010, my wife Cheri and I got custody of our then 6 month old grandson and moved to Clear Creek County. We immediately fell in love with the county and the people. I got a job as a waiter and have been doing that ever since. The income that I have earned by being a waiter has allowed me to provide my wife with the opportunity to be a stay-at-home Nana and raise our grandson for the last 13 years. Through hard work and the grace of God, we have prospered. In 2017 we moved into our new house in Empire. My wife and I built the house through Habitat for Humanity and we traded our rent for a mortgage.
My wife and I have built a home here. And that is why I am running for commissioner. I want this county to remain a close knit caring community. I want it to continue to be a home for our kids and out grand kids.