I never aspired to be a politician. Even the word “politics”, in general, left me with a bad taste in my mouth—soured by too many experiences with politicians saying one thing, but doing another. I have, however, always had a sincere desire to serve. From a young age, I learned from the example of my parents that service is an essential element of our lives that results in personal growth and a rewarding sense of accomplishment. My commitment is to be a public servant, not a politician.
Through most of my lifetime, I’ve served in a variety of church positions locally. I served our community as an Eagle Scout. When I turned 19, I served an LDS mission to Milan, Italy. Upon returning, I enlisted in the Utah National Guard. During my 9 years in the military, I served in Operation Noble Eagle (World Trade Center), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq). Though at times my service was a hardship (even more so for my family), it was also extremely rewarding and fulfilling and helped mold me into who I am today.
I continue to serve our community today through my participation with several non-profit organizations. I serve on the board of the Ogden Rotary Club, an international service organization. I also served as a founding board member of Venture Academy, a local charter school providing a unique learning experience for about 500 children in our community. For the past several years, I've served as a member of the North Ogden City Council. I also serve as a member of the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce Board.
I’m running for the state legislature because I want to continue to serve a community that I love. I moved to North Ogden when I was 5. I am grateful to have been raised here and to have the opportunity to raise my own children here with my wife, Sara.