Many people have asked me why I am running and the answer is simple – I can and want to do more – more to help our neighbors, our communities and our state. This desire to help is who I am.
So why now: I have been interested in running for higher office for a long time and frankly the time has never been right for me personally until now. Having served as Town Chair of the Village of Arden for 3.5 years now, I know you need time and commitment to do public service right. To be an effective State Senator is a full time job, during session and beyond.
About 5 years ago, after 15 years of running various research groups at Hercules and Ashland, I became a stay at home dad. I met the needs of my young family, and now have the opportunity to work to meet the political needs of others.
Like many, I wear several hats.
- First and foremost, I am a father and husband, brother and son. The things that I look to do will always start with that basic foundation and my commitment to helping families thrive.
- Secondly, I am a curious problem solver. I earned a PhD from the University of Michigan in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and in doing so learned how to tackle problems at their root cause – seeking solutions that address the foundation of the problem and not just band-aids that treat the symptoms. Problem-solving and finding innovative solutions was at the core of my professional career leading new product development.
- I am also a dedicated community volunteer. In addition to my elected position as Arden’s chair of town assembly, I have helped reroof a community building, raised money for school programs, and coached kids in problem solving in Odyssey of the Mind. I am always there ready to help, whether that’s by announcing at a community event or cleaning up after one. This is, in my mind, the first responsibility of our local representatives –to support our communities and our neighbors, and I live it today and want to do more.
The Issues that move me:
EDUCATION is a priority for me and many of my neighbors. As a parent, I appreciate having high-quality educational options for my children and their peers. As a businessperson, I also understand that quality public education is a critical economic driver for Delaware — high-tech employers look for quality education systems to attract and retain employees. That’s why, in addition to volunteering in schools, I serve on the board of the Cab Calloway School Fund. The CCSF provides funding for existing and new initiatives and programs at the Cab Calloway School of the Arts — initiatives that the school district can’t afford — and provides scholarships to students and teachers. We have raised over $300,000 over the last 5 years for this amazing fund. Through the SMArtSummer program, the CCSF provides a venue to help children from economically diverse backgrounds learn and enjoy the arts and sciences — hoping to inspire their passion, curiosity, and thirst for education. I have learned that when a child has an opportunity to find and explore something they are passionate about, their thirst for learning increases. I want to do more.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY is critical for all Delawareans. I serve on the board of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) and have focused my attention on helping science-based start-ups define avenues for success, working with UD grad students to help them develop into innovators, and developing a culture in Delaware to support entrepreneurship and small business growth. We must have successful businesses in Delaware for our families to work and make a living wage. I want to do more.
HEALTHCARE: If you have ever had a sick parent, child, spouse, friend or been sick yourself, you know that our health care system needs work. We have to improve access to health care – not only to treat the sick, but also to improve our wellness. We have to find a way to help doctors be doctors and simplify our health delivery processes. This is personal to me and I want to do more.
I want to inspire everyone to do more. At a time when there seems to be more division and separation between each other, I know that individually we all desire the same things — health, safety, and prosperity for our family and friends. We can do more to recognize that we have more in common and strive to work together to benefit each other. I am running because I am optimistic that together we can do more. I know that in order for this to happen, we need leaders who lead by example. With your help, I can do more.
These issues are challenging, but I will work with anyone and everyone to find and implement solutions. Together, we can do more.