August 13, 2020

Preserving Our Rural Character

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I decided thirty one years ago that I was going to build my dream home just outside of Sandy. There were many reasons I chose to make rural Clackamas County my permanent residence. I was drawn by the area’s majestic scenery and natural beauty. The outdoor recreational opportunities are literally endless out here. Sandy’s small-town feel means that neighbors are…

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August 5, 2020

What Businesses Need to Succeed

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While running for Clackamas County Commissioner, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to business owners throughout the area. Even though they represent a variety of different industries, these entrepreneurs still have much in common with each other. They share several of the same concerns, especially since the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic and forced government closures that have…

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July 29, 2020

The True Meaning of Leadership

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Throughout history, many great political leaders got their start in the military. A shining example is President Dwight Eisenhower. As the head of the Allied Command in World War II, Eisenhower was responsible for organizing and orchestrating the famed D-Day invasion of the Normandy beach that culminated in Europe’s liberation. He later went on to become president, and his accomplishments…

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July 22, 2020

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

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As a combat veteran it is a point of pride for me to be able to say that I served my country honorably in multiple branches of the military. I chose to pursue a career as a military officer largely because I believe in the values that our great nation was built upon. Those values as set forth in our…

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July 15, 2020

Our Future is at a Crossroad

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This year has been unprecedented in terms of the challenges we collectively face as Americans. The effects of a global pandemic have caused significant disruption and the political reaction to it has caused further economic damage. Social unrest has manifested into troubling demonstrations all over the United States. Many of those protests have turned violent and escalated to clashes between…

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June 30, 2020

Housing and the American Dream

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I still remember how lucky I felt back in 1991, when I was able to buy 20 acres of land outside of Sandy, design my dream home and build it. As I walked through the front door for the first time, I couldn’t help but feel like I had truly achieved the American Dream. Obviously, 1991 was a long time…

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June 30, 2020

Give the People What They Want

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One of the main purposes of government is to provide services to all of the people within its jurisdiction. This is especially important at the local level, with city and county governments. In the private sector, the production of goods and services is determined by customer demand. But far too often in the public sector, the services that are provided…

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June 30, 2020

The Spirit of Service

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One of the biggest reasons I’m running for Clackamas County Commissioner is I feel a call to duty to continue into the next phase of my public service. Much of my perspective on leadership was formed in the 25 total years that I spent serving in the military. Of those 25 years, 20 were active duty, with 12 in the…

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