As a career military officer, my children had to move around a lot. When it was time to leave active duty, we wanted a place with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and a welcoming community. Because of this, we chose Westfield as our forever home.
Our friends and neighbors in Westfield and Carmel want the same things: great schools, safe streets, welcoming neighbors, clean drinking water. We need representatives who will work to preserve this for future generations. We need representatives who will listen.
I am the son of a Vietnam Veteran and a Catholic School secretary. My parents taught me the values of integrity, a sense of duty, and putting the community before myself. I carried these values throughout my 22 year military career, and I have worked to instill those values in my own children.
I recently retired from the military after reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. My military career was a diverse one, I began in the Navy, where I served 16 years in Naval Aviation. I spent 2 years in the Navy Reserves, here in Indiana, and then transitioned to the Air National Guard, where I recently retired.
Throughout my military career, whether it was flying airplanes, working with foreign leaders, or advising generals and admirals, I learned the importance of listening to the people around me, understanding their experiences, and sticking up for what was right-no matter what. I will listen.
When it was time to leave active duty, we chose Westfield. We have been here since 2015, and have two children who will be at Westfield High School this year.