Years in Payson: 2.5
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education – Magna Cum Laude
Work experience: Bank vice president and commercial loan officer; site coordinator First Tee of Phoenix (junior golf program); Payson Christian School teacher; locomotive engineer UPRR; general residential contractor.
Family: Two adult children and four grandchildren
• Mountain Bible Church
• Vice president, board of New Beginnings Pregnancy Center
• Vice president, Payson Tea Party
• Payson Junior Golf Academy
Why are you running? I want to preserve the nature and character of the community, which is what drew me here. I have talked to a lot of citizens in Payson in the last six months and I have heard many of the same frustrations that I was experiencing. I believe that I can make a positive difference for the citizens, the community and the businesses of Payson.
What do you hope to accomplish? Transparency. I hope to find practical common-sense solutions to Payson’s most pressing challenges. I will focus on fiscal responsibility while improving streets, public safety and utilities.
What convinced you to run? I was encouraged to run by many people who shared my concerns with the direction the town was taking.
What makes you the best candidate? Experience; values; knowing I work for the people — not the other way around; a compulsive desire to research and study the facts and history behind the issues; and an ability to connect the relevant dots. I will not let emotions dictate my decisions.
What life experience do you have that will make you a better council member? I have confidence in my background and experience, but most of all, it’s whether a candidate has the sense of responsibility and ambition to sensibly use due diligence with each issue brought before the council. I am that man.
What is your biggest weakness? Strength? Weakness: Impatience with emotionally and hastily made decisions that are not well-founded. Strength: Standing up for principles and not giving in to the go-along to get-along mentality.
Top 3 issues:
• Internet redundancy
• Sensible Firewise implementation
Do you think the current council is doing a good job? I’m running for town council to make a positive change for the better — I’m running for something, I’m not running against something. However, I would not be running at all if I thought that the current administration was on a path I believed to be beneficial and representative of the citizens of Payson.
What is the best thing they have done? They motivated me to run for town council.
Worst thing? Took a less than transparent approach to proposed actions and projects.
What motto do you live by? The golden rule.