Who am I?
I am a husband and father. My wife Laura and I have been married for 22 years, we have two children who graduated from public schools and are attending state universities here in Indiana.
I am a military veteran and served our nation for over twenty years as a Naval Flight Officer.
I am now in the private sector as a business development manager for a large high-tech electronics and communications company.
As State Senator, I will continue to serve Hoosier families with honor and vision for progress that levels the playing field for the middle class.
Why am I running?
Two key events lead me to a decision to run - against an incument and the Indiana Senate Pro Tem:
Last year Senate Republicans tried to take education benefits away from disabled veterans - changing a system in place since 1935. It was and is shameful to make patriotic speeches and pass resolutions on the floor of the state assembly "in support of our military men and women", while stripping veterans of benefits that make a real difference in their lives and of their families. Through a grassroots effort, which I participated, we were able to limit the immediate damage and will work to restore this program for future veterans.
Passage of Right to Work legislation in Indiana - clearly a move to destabilize unions and remove any balance of power between workers and corporations was the tipping point! This past year, instead of focusing on job creation, Republicans in the legislature ignored overwhelming public sentiment and passed the damaging Right to Work law in February. Then they attacked everyone from the Girl Scouts, to women, to the elderly, the unemployed and everyday working men and women.
I will introduce legislation to overturn the toxic Right to Work law that was passed under "emergency rule" this year.
I will introduce legislation to overturn changes made to the Disabled Veteran Remission of Fee program and restore the program so that it benefits all disabled veterans, including those joining the military after July 2011.
I will work to help companies create good-paying jobs that stay in Indiana.
I will work to ensure Hoosier students can compete in the 21st-century economy.
I will represent the values and ideals of Hoosier working families.
I will work to make sure that the state government is fiscally responsible.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
We are just getting started!
Facing a well financed incumbent we plan to work harder and smarter. We are joining the local party in the "Plus +1" campaign - bring a plus one to every event and meeting - building a grassroots organization.
I strongly believe in door to door voter contact. We are planning a coordinated campaign with the State Representative candidates that touch and are inside Senate District 16. We are actively recruiting volunteers, young and old, for canvassing, phone bank, and follow up direct mail support.
We are reaching out using social media - not sure yet if this is a viable path in a State Senate campaign - but we need to be innovative - and this looks to be very cost effective. This proved very helpful last year as we organized Veterans to oppose the Republican lead State Senate attempt to slash disabled veteran benefits.