I’ve been blessed to be married to my wife Beth for 15 years and have a teenage daughter and a dog named Bailey. We are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. My biggest achievement, without question, is my family.
I achieved my Bachelor's degree in Aviation Business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and I work currently as a mortgage banker helping individuals and families achieve their dreams of home ownership.
In 2014, I ran for Hamilton County Council. I ran to bring leadership and accountability for our citizens' tax dollars, which I’ve done, despite getting push back from members of my own party. I analyze every spending proposal that comes before me to see whether it represents a good use of the tax dollars my constituents work hard to bring home. I don’t make decisions based on what politicians want, I make decisions based upon the long-term interests of our community. When I look at the Mayor’s office in our city, I see the same need for new leadership that I saw on the county level in 2014. Now, more than ever, we need new leadership and fresh thinking for the future of our city. I share with my neighbors an interest and desire to ensure Carmel remains one of the best places to live in America.
My Record - Promises Made, Promises Kept
Taxpayers are often told that they have to choose between good government and fiscal responsibility. During my time on the Hamilton County Council I have worked for the improvement of county government and insisted on balanced budgets to prove that the two missions can be carried out simultaneously.
We were able to make improvements to Hamilton County infrastructure, public safety, and recreation while sticking to fiscally responsible principles. As a Councilman, I've helped fund the Keystone Parkway flyover and new recreational sites like Koteewi Archery Range. I've also steadfastly supported our Sheriff's Office and the brave work they do every day. These improvements came while maintaining a fiscal outlook that few counties share. Every year that I've sat on the council, we've passed a truly balanced budget, ensuring that we remain the most fiscally sound county in Indiana. I made a promise to the voters in my district that I would not raise taxes or go into debt, and we didn't.
I've not been afraid to make waves when necessary to protect the taxpayers in my district. I have repeatedly refused to entertain tax increases and have fought to keep the county’s budget in the black. I have also fought against special interests and party insiders when I felt they were not in the best interests of my district's residents.
As Mayor I intend to bring these same principles to city government to make sure Carmel is properly positioned for our future.