Family:Wife Laura, 3 grown sons Brian, Kyle, and Cory and our dog Opal
Education:Baldwin High School, BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from Kansas State University
Career:Currently a Client Executive at World Wide Technology which is a technology solutions provider headquartered in St. Louis with an office in Overland Park
Civic Experience:Baldwin City USD 348 School Board 2004-2012
Community Service:see above
What is your motivation for running for the office?
- I want Baldwin City to be a place that a diverse demographic wants to and can afford to live; from singles to families to empty nesters and retirees/senior citizens. A positive working relationship with the business community, school district, and Baker University is essential.
What is one major issue Baldwin City is facing currently and how would you address it?
- Developing a vision for the community supported by a plan to achieve it. It sounds simple but it’s hard to do well for any organization and especially difficult for a public entity like a city council that changes every 2 years. A plan guides the council’s decision making on issues and opportunities as they emerge. Community input and council transparency are critical to the process.
What is your vision for Baldwin City 5-10 years in the future:
- That we’ve found a balance between needs, wants, utility rates, and taxes that attract residents and businesses. Managing costs and expanding the tax base through controlled growth is essential for the city to be a desirable and affordable place to live.
What personal characteristics and/or abilities do you have that qualify you for election to city council?
- Having grown up in Baldwin City my family has been a part of this community for over 50 years and we currently have 3 generations living here. I’ve also lived in other cities before returning to Baldwin and gained perspective on how they dealt with the issues of growth, quality of life, and affordability. I have 8 years of public service experience and my professional experience is in leading organizations and managing multi-million dollar annual budgets. I’d like to bring my experience to the council with the sole objective of ensuring Baldwin City is a great place to live and work.