I was raised in a family that taught and valued community, service and giving back. From my formative years with heavy involvement in the Scouting programs and student government, I learned early on the importance of civic involvement.
I have found opportunities to serve the Gunnison Community since my arrival. From Resident Advisor (RA) at Western in 1992 to over 12 years spent teaching youth and staring the Choice Pass Program to my time on Gunnison City Council and as Mayor and now as Gunnison County Commissioner in District 2. I have been honored to be trusted to serve my community as an educator and as an elected official.
I have learned that governance and execution of policy is hard work. It requires skills that take time to accumulate. It takes discretion, forethought and good sense developed through personal involvement. Leadership requires listening, collaborating and then action. To quote David Brooks, “Democracy is not average people selecting average leaders. It is average people with the wisdom to select the best prepared.” In District 2, I am the best prepared.