Candidate for Georgia House of Rep., District 39
THE STORY: I was born in Chattahoochee, Florida, and attended high school in Lake City, Florida. While attending the University of Florida, I re-focused my life to service of others in the military. I graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and pursued an exciting adventure and career as an Engineer officer. While living and working at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, I met my future wife, Barbara. We were married exactly one year to the day of our first meeting.
WHY I CHOSE TO LIVE IN COBB: We chose Cobb County for the quality of life. While attending Georgia Tech for a graduate degree before my assignment as assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy, Barbara and I lived in Cobb County. We decided then that someday we would return to Georgia and to Cobb County. In 2000, after a career in the Army — and 13 moves in 27 years with Barbara and four children — we finally returned to Cobb County for good.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love that my life is an exciting adventure of enterprise and enthusiasm to make things better for other people. Using my experience as a battalion commander and brigade commander, I first seek to know the people involved, then to create a climate of collaboration, cooperation, and consensus with the people of varying backgrounds and beliefs. Working as a team, we define the issues, develop courses of action to address the issues, and implement solutions. Focusing upon our areas of agreement, we set our differences aside to cooperate with one another to accomplish our goals. Why do I love my life? Because it is thrilling and exhilarating to know the people, not just the challenges to be solved, to be a part of a team of empowered people making a difference.
LEISURE TIME: I am a coach/mentor for veterans in the Veterans Accountability and Treatment Court under the leadership of Judge Reuben Green. I am a member of the “Grave Yard Shift” for American Legion Post 29, maintaining cemeteries. I belong to the South Cobb Lions and Georgia Online Kiwanis. I enjoy listening to music, including Gregorian chant and Baroque classical compositions, especially organ. Physical fitness also is important to me, particularly cardio and body-weight training.
BEST ADVICE: English writer John Bunyan once wrote: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” Get involved in our community with a spirit and attitude of unconditional giving.
WHAT’S NEXT? I want to hear from you so I can do everything I can for the common good of the people of House District 39.