I have been a public servant for most of my life. . .as an appointed executive.
My past positive track record indicates I will be an effective legislator.
My values are:
- Evaluate issues, based on facts;
- Seek fairness for all parties;
- Seek the greatest good for the greatest number of people;
- Government should be effective, efficient, and equitable with its programs.
Please consider my values, my platform, my experience, and . . . yes, vote for me.
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In 1979, I came to work for the Public Works Department for the City of Wilmington. Working for the City for 13 years, 7 as Director of Public Utilities, I know first hand the tremendous environmental, transportation, and growth challenges which continue to face the City.
As Lenoir County’s Manager (1999-2005) sandwiched between serving two terms as Pender County’s Manager (1993-1999 & 2005-2007), I know how to balance, implement, and lead multi-million dollar operations. Seems like only yesterday, when we:
- Passed bond referendums to save money and build schools;
- Started county-wide water systems;
- Recruited enterprises for jobs’ creation; and
- Implemented county-wide EMS services.
From 2008-2013, I served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. State Department Senior Governance Advisor. I was honored and blessed to serve on District Stabilization Teams with US military forces. Our objective was non-lethal capacity building of local governments. I have since provided civil-military training to soldiers deploying overseas.
I have used my education–a BA degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University–in the public’s service.
Since 2013, I have has worked as a contractor, most recently as Interim City Manager of Southport. I am currently under contract with N-Focus Planning, Inc., a firm providing local government management services, and Elevate USA, Inc., a firm providing instructional-training services.
Born in Brooklyn, and raised on Long Island, NY, I dug clams on the Great South Bay to pay for my college education. Having raised a family and made a career in Southeastern North Carolina for almost forty years, I consider myself more a Tar Heel than a Yankee. I had no choice where I was born or grew up.
I have never before run for public office, never been bankrupt, nor have any ties to Russia. I am definitely not a genius, but I am mentally stable.
I want to serve the citizens of House District 20 by legislating for progressive improvements.
Your vote will help me to help you.