I've been proud to call the 8th District my home since 2007. My wife Linnea and I own a home in the Burnham Park neighborhood with our dog Molly and our two cats, Neko and Toothy.
When I'm not out talking to voters in the 8th District, I like growing vegetables, listening to music, playing soccer, and hiking - pretty much anywhere there's a mountain.
I earned my Bachelor's and Graduate Degrees from UWM, where I studied History, Political Science, and Nonprofit Management.
I can't wait to start serving as your Alderman. It's time for new leadership at City Hall, and that's exactly what I plan to bring if I am fortunate enough to earn your vote!
Some people know what they want to be at a very young age. I was not one of those people. Because of that, I've been able to enjoy a diverse set of career experiences, in both the public and private sectors.
For the first decade and a half of my adult life, I spent most of my time serving youth, in direct-care mental health and public education settings, including three and a half years at Zablocki Elementary, a part of MPS.
My work with our youth exposed me to many of the root issues that prevent Milwaukee from being the City we all want it to be. Issues like chronic poverty, lack of access to affordable healthcare, unstable housing, and perhaps worst of all, severe childhood trauma. These issues all contribute to the problems we see in our neighborhoods, particularly crime, drug addiction, and violence.
I didn't see our government doing enough to help, so I decided to get involved. I volunteered on local campaigns and became a community organizer, working on issues like housing resources, neighborhood safety, and protecting our healthcare.
In 2018, I served as campaign manager for our Lieutenant Governor, Mandela Barnes, the first African-American to be elected to that post in our state's history. I learned so much while traveling the state with Mandela, and I look forward to applying that knowledge to the 8th District.
8th District residents deserve a full-time representative who wakes up every morning thinking of ways to make our City the best that it can be - for all residents - and that's exactly what I plan to do as your Alderman. I promise to be accessible, transparent, and responsive, because we should expect nothing less of our elected officials. What does that look like in practice?
- Quarterly Town Hall meetings in our 8th District neighborhoods, where residents can make their voices heard
- 100% bilingual office, including a legislative aide who is a native Spanish speaker
- 48-hour response time - correspondence from constituents will receive at least a preliminary response within 48 hours
- Bi-Monthly Office Hours - where residents can "drop in" to discuss issues directly with me without an appointment
- Internship Program - to develop leadership capacity in our District's youth; hopefully training my eventual successor!