A Little Background
I am a lifelong resident of the Central Valley. I grew up on a farm south of Fresno where I developed a love for our valley, working in the fields through college. I then attended the University of California at Davis where I received a degree in Exercise Physiology in 1990 and graduated from Veterinary School in 1994. After graduation I moved back to the San Joaquin Valley where I have worked for the past 24 years as a Large Animal Veterinarian. Not just a veterinarian, I am the proud father of three sons, I also developed a number of successful businesses including one of the first local dot.com companies.
In 2013 my late wife Sharon passed away suddenly due to an undiagnosed heart condition that could have been treated. That experience drew my focus to a healthcare system that consistently puts profiteering ahead of the health of patients. I then turned my attention to raising my 3 teenage boys and recently remarried to my now wife Laura, a math teacher and student activities director for a local high school.
I am a conservative who served the valley community of Turlock as a Planning Commissioner, City Councilman, Stanislaus Council of Governments representative, Vice-Mayor and budget committee leader. During my service Turlock was recognized nationally for financial stability during one of the greatest financial crises in history. My expertise in budgeting, economic planning and use of Redevelopment funding laid the groundwork for Turlock’s economic boom over the last decade. My signature project, Turlock’s Regional Industrial Park, has created hundreds of new high-paying jobs for the region from employers like Blue Diamond Growers, Valley Milk, Hilmar Cheese, US Cold Storage, Sensient, Foster Farms and Cozy Shack.
Building a Brighter Future
I am running to represent the people of the 10th Congressional District. I will fight for our Valley first and address concerns like affordability, housing and cost of living, water for our farmers and ranchers, common sense immigration reform and putting patients first in healthcare.