I grew up in rural Maine from humble beginnings. Living was difficult but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Small town living was great in that people looked out for each other. In fact, we always left our house unlocked.
The University of Maine has a small campus in Machias where I attended until 1997, the year I joined the US Navy. College is a great opportunity for a young person to discover what his passions are, and one of mine is politics. It has always had a place in my life beginning with being senior class president for my graduating high school class. The other is amateur radio which began when I earned my first license at age 14. I currently have every commercial FCC license.
I’m retired from the US Navy where I served as a nuclear reactor operator. Immediately after the military, I worked for Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA as a nuclear electrician. From there I moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where I held the position of Democratic Party Chairman for Ward 8 from 2010 until 2012. I also married my wife Angelica in 2010 after we met at a small church in Westfield.
We moved to Arizona in 2012, and I was elected a Democratic Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 27. I’ve always been on the forefront of issues related to Arizonans, taking to the streets, rallies or protests to stand up for what’s right and those who don’t have a voice.
Angelica and I have two children together, Wyatt and Veronica.
I’m employed as an IT Technician III for the City of Mesa and have been doing that since I moved to Arizona. Prior to that in Massachusetts, I worked for El Paso Corporation (now Kinder Morgan) as a natural gas pipeline technician doing mostly telecommunications work.