On the Issues


The Environment

I believe we must do what we can to preserve a world for future generations. While preserving all our natural resources is important, I am particularly focused on water. I believe that safe, clean water is the foundation for building a prosperous economy. Since relocating to Marinette, enjoying Earth's natural wonders is easy as my wife and I can enjoy scenic beauty of the area surrounded with water on a daily basis.  I am alarmed by the concern of local citizens to preserve their water resources for drinking, fishing, hunting, boating and camping they feel is at risk. I will work to protect these important natural resources that are an integral part of our community.

Affordable Health Care

I believe everyone deserves access to affordable, quality health care. When I was diagnosed with cancer in May 2018, I had healthcare which allowed me to catch the disease and treat it early. I am now cancer free, and I firmly believe I had this outcome because I have access to healthcare. I know that many are not as fortunate, and I believe everyone deserves to have the same access to affordable healthcare that I do, which I believe saved my life. It's time for our representatives to treat healthcare as a right, not a privilege. 

Education

I believe in investing in educating and training today's children that will produce tomorrow's skilled workforce. Our public schools are the centers of our communities. I believe the cuts we have seen to education have been disastrous for our schools and our children. We can and must do better for our kids. They are the future.

Adding to this, I learned the value of a great public university system during my time at UW-Parkside. I know that UW-Marinette has been a staple in this community for over 50 years, and we need to make sure it receives the resources it needs so students can succeed. 

Veterans

As a veteran, I have a passion for ensuring veterans in need, including the homeless and those in nursing homes, receive the care and assistance they deserve. As a member of VFW 7308 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, I served as the Student District Advocacy Chair where I assisted veterans in developing pathways toward completing their college education. 

Our veterans deserve respect and the care they deserve. 

Family Farms

I grew up in eastern Iowa, and have ancestral roots in farming, where I attained a keen appreciation for the hard work farmers do to feed a nation. Growing up and working on my uncle's farm (that has been in the family since 1910!) provided me insight to a farmer's responsibilities. The farming experience is why I advocate for family farms first over Concentrated Animal Feeding Organizations (CAFOs). 

My wife and I enjoying the wonderful views this area has to offer.

My wife and I enjoying the wonderful views this area has to offer.

A staple of the community, UW-Marinette should thrive for years to come.

A staple of the community, UW-Marinette should thrive for years to come.

My Commanding Officer presenting me with my fourth Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at my retirement ceremony held on December 7, 2001.

My Commanding Officer presenting me with my fourth Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at my retirement ceremony held on December 7, 2001.