Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns
What office are you running for?
North Dakota House of Representatives
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
There is a real need for change in ND. When the people vote on an initiated measure they expect there vote to be listened to. People on Medicaid should not be denied care. Those who need mental health/behavioural health care should not have to be in prison to get the care they need. Property taxes are too high, the citizens are being tasked with shouldering the costs of replacing a crumbling infrastructure and education system. We have the opportunity to be the first state to help wipe out student loans for our citizens.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
There are many issues, how do I pick just one? One very close to the heart of my family affects my youngest son. He was born with a developmental disability called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, (FAS). At age 18, he now has qualified for services in the DD system. He should have had access to services all of his life. Some years we logged more than 15000 miles taking him to appointments from the small town where we lived. When he was 16, we moved back to Bismarck. There should be no reason with today’s technology that we couldn’t access more services in our small town.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
I have friends on both sides of the partisan divide. We continue to have conversations. Those conversations include a respect for the point of view of everyone involved. We have lost that respect. In order to begin to heal the divide we need to elect people who are willing to foster that respect, not just in public, but behind closed doors where the conversations take place. A part of that means term limits. An officer holder at the federal level should not expect that seat to be a career. We need to be able to foster conversations from all economic levels. That means placing a limit on election costs. Today, the average citizen can’t afford to run for federal office because of the costs of the election process, both personal and financial.
Who is your hero?
I have five heroes. It may be cliche to say, but my children are my heroes.
What are your hobbies?
I quilt. It is a kind of therapy for a tremor in my hands and allows for deep contemplation of whatever happens to be on my mind.
What is the most recent book you read?
The Last Laugh by Dennis Franks and Vince Papale
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
My wife and I have two dogs. A blind pomeranian named Toby, and a three legged heinz 57 named Loki. We also have two cats, Geoffery and Cinnamon. No living houseplants. Together my wife and I have five children. 2 young ladies, and 3 young men. We also have 2 grandsons.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Number one? Reach out to the campaign so that we can visit with you about what your needs are. I am not running for office to sooth my ego, I am running to help those who need the help. To force a change to the system to ensure that it is truly for all of us, and not just the wealthiest among us.
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