WHERE I COME FROM
I'm married to my wife, Karen, and I've been a resident of Woodstock for over twenty years. I was born in Chicago and spent most of my youth in the western suburbs.
When I was 9, my family moved to Big Sandy, Tennessee, population 600. We raised hogs and cattle and had a couple of horses, and it was there that I learned to appreciate life in rural America. It's also a big part of why I chose to live in McHenry County.
I still love to see the fields of corn and the cows but also appreciate living in a metropolitan suburb. I came back to the Chicagoland area when I was about 14 and have lived in this area ever since. Woodstock and McHenry County are my home. In terms of politics and policy, broadly, I would call myself a constitutional conservative.
A THRIVING CAREER
Throughout my professional career, I have been fortunate to hold leadership roles in some of the world's largest and most prestigious companies; Ameritech/SBC/AT&T, Abbott Labs, Hewitt/Aon Hewitt/Alight.
I bring those private sector experiences and talents to the public sector in McHenry County as I work to remove politics from our workplace and replace it with a meritocracy, eliminate waste and replace it with process, and aspire to create an office where people work hard and can be proud of their earned accomplishments.
We are the Government, You and I.
Teddy Roosevelt said it best. We are the government, and if we absolve ourselves of the responsibility to participate, we subject ourselves to the decisions of others and deprive our community of our input. We cannot say that we don't like politics and therefore "opt-out." Just because you choose not to engage with politics, don't think for a moment that politics will not engage with you.
Whatever you think of government today, whether local or national, it is a reflection of that community. If you don't like your government and did nothing about it, then you own part of that. It's been said that "If you don't vote, then you can't complain." Well, I say, voting is not enough. It's time we all got a little more involved in who is running our government. From schools to the White House, people are making decisions. Why aren't you among them? If you can't run for office, contact your local political party office and see how you can help. Visit a County, City, or School Board meeting and have a look at what is being done and by whom. Raise your voice when it's appropriate and back the candidates who support the issues you support.
A small investment can have dramatic results.