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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

 -Mark Twain

When I heard the call to run for office, I knew that it was a decision that would greatly impact my career and, more importantly, my family. Mark Twain’s quote aptly captures my fear of regret that I would have if I did not answer the call. Unfortunately, much of society today views public office in a negative light. It is a reputation earned by distasteful political rhetoric and gamesmanship, but also exacerbated by the rest of us that turn their back on politics out of frustration.

The decision to run for office is one that cannot be made without support from friends and family – friends and family that are all too familiar with the frustrations of today’s political climate. Recently, I was both honored and humbled to share time with forty-some friends and family members willing to support me on this venture into public office. Wonderfully hosted by Mark Carboni, the Friends of Barranda Patrons Brunch was a great opportunity to share this experience with Friends and family. It was much more like a family-holiday party than a political event, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

However, the brunch was also a time to lay a strong foundation of support. It was an opportunity to share a commitment with Friends seeking more from public office – a commitment to depart from partisan talking points in favor of ideals that foster a stronger and healthier political climate.

  • Passion for the community: Holding public office with the unwavering commitment to make our community better from one day to the next.
  • Integrity for office: Inevitable disagreement among public officials and constituents can and will be done with a level of discourse and reason that is respectful of public office and the people it represents.
  • Strong leadership: Setting the example for leadership – knowing when to lead or follow; and when the greater need is served by getting out of the way.
  • Transparency and accountability: When asked, positions will be explained candidly and thoroughly.

I don’t know where I will be twenty years from now. However, I am confident that I will have made the better decision is to sail away from safe harbor than to sit idly by as other ships passed me by.