Over the past 25 years my wife Susan and I have built a thriving small business. We design, manufacture, and sell kites all around the world. We do entertainment programs for groups like Disney, motion pictures, and the SuperBowl. And we have opened retail stores on the Oregon coast where we have been able to put people to work during this down economy. We are fortunate to have created a successful small business in a community that we love.
We live in a part of the state blessed with natural beauty and remarkable economic potential. But we face challenges here. Our median family income is $33,000 -- far below the state average. We have record unemployment, overcrowded classrooms, and a disturbing disconnect between the jobs available and people seeking work. The economy, job training, schools, health care, and the justice system all need help!
In the end, these challenging times demand that we all do what we can to make things better. Thatís why I decided to run for the State Legislature.
I'm running again to continue fighting for the working families who live in our district. I believe that difficult times provide opportunities for real and constructive change. And after 25 years of marriage, I have learned that compromising doesn't mean losing.
Sixty-five percent of new jobs come from businesses like mine and yet few legislators share my small business background.
For more than 20 years Susan and I have lived here on the Coast, built a successful business, created jobs, and worked to make our community better. I'm ready to use my experience my enthusiasm, and my values to help create a brighter economic future for families in Lincoln, Tillamook, Polk, and Yamhill Counties.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email. I look forward to working with you over the coming months as we take our state in bold new directions and build a better Oregon for all of us.
PS: Your financial support will help me travel this large and wonderful district. In 2014, I drove over 15,000 miles to schools, community meetings, and local gatherings. Please click here to help and learn how to earn a tax credit for political contrbutions. Please Note: I will not accept contributions while the Legislature is in session.