I love Clark County and live in unincorporated Fern Prairie on Matney Creek with my wife Paula, our two little girls, 7 chickens, Whiskers the cat, and Hazel our new hunting dog! We have lived in the Pacific Northwest for 17 years.
I grew up in Minnesota going to church and hunting and fishing with my dad. Those two things influenced most everything I did after that. My father was a truck driver, pastor, and now – a counselor. My mom was a teacher until she had to stay home with me and my two little sisters.
In my youth, I was a baseball pitcher and went to State in swimming and tennis. I also loved playing the piano, had lead roles in my high school musicals, and became an Eagle Scout. I attended Dartmouth College and became the President of the oldest hunting and fishing college club in the nation, Bait & Bullet. I majored in biology, rowed crew, sang in the Dartmouth Aires, and graduated cum laude in 1996.
After getting a Masters of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs, I went to Washington DC and worked on a passion of mine – waterfowl and wetlands issues. I later worked in Congress for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents and eventually made my way to the Pacific Northwest and became a Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park. I met my wife Paula while we both were working at National Wildlife Federation and together we have since lived in Seattle, Bend, and Portland before moving to Clark County. Also, I had the opportunity to be an at-home dad for three years after our girls were born, so that my wife could pursue a dream career change. Paula currently works at the Banfield Foundation focusing on issues related to pets, natural disasters, homelessness, and domestic violence, and I currently work at Social Venture Partners to help make sure all kids get quality early childhood learning experiences. Paula and I recently celebrated 13 years of marriage.
I am passionate about hunting and fishing and enjoy heading into the outdoors to chase game with my bow, muzzleloader, rifle, or shotgun, or with a fly or spinning rod. I proudly serve as the Southwest Washington Board Representative of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and am a member of other local groups like the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers and the Association of Northwest Steelheaders.
I am a confirmed and baptized Christian and member of Grace Church, just north of Camas. I believe strongly in separation of church and state, but my faith -- and God’s grace -- influences every part of my leadership. I strive to lead with humility, empathy, and compassion. I respect (and enjoy hearing) all opinions, whether they are right or left, up or down, or anywhere in between. I believe in treating everyone with respect. This is why I am running as an Independent nonpartisan candidate. I will represent you and your interests to the best of my ability and I am honored to have this opportunity to potentially influence County priorities and public policy to benefit families, businesses, and our community.