I was born in Columbus and my family moved to Kettering when I was an infant. My father worked for NCR, and my early years were typical of a child born into a middle class family. Around the age of ten, my mother Jean was diagnosed with Lyme disease, and soon after her diagnosis, my parents divorced. I came of age watching as my mother struggled to raise three boys while fighting with insurance companies, and the government, trying to obtain treatment for her condition that was steadily worsening. Her diagnosis eventually progressed to Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease, and she ended up taking out multiple mortgages on our home to pay for an ever increasing stack of bills. Right before I started my senior year in 2001, the bank foreclosed on our house and my family moved into subsidized housing for people with disabilities. My mom was confined to a wheelchair by this point, and my brother Marc and I acted as her primary caregivers during this time.
I met my wife Krista in 2005 and I soon went to work for her family's small carpet and upholstery cleaning business. I worked beside my father in law Gary, and learned all about how a small business works. When Gary passed away unexpectedly in 2011, I was able to take over operations and helped transition the business to my wife's family. After a brief time working with the IBEW as an electrician's helper, I took a job with At&t as a premise technician. I have spent most of my working life performing service calls all across the region, getting to meet people from all different walks of life. My involvement in the Communication Workers of America has helped me to better understand the balance between large corporations and working people.
I see people struggling to get by every day, and I want to go to Washington to represent them. Our congress has been representing the wealthiest people in this country for longer than I have been alive. It is time for us to send real people to represent us. Join me in the political revolution that reclaims this district for the hardworking people who yearn for real representation in Washington.