I am running for the West Virginia House of Delegates to bring new leadership and be a strong voice for the Greenbrier Valley. I am so proud to call this unique area my home. I love our rivers and trails; I love our amazingly talented people; I love our compassion for each other and our commitment to our communities; I love the Greenbrier Valley.
I’ve made this decision to pursue a seat in the Legislature because we – the citizens of Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties – deserve a real fighter in Charleston. With all of you on my mind each day, I will work my hardest to effectively represent the place and people I care about so much.
An 8th generation West Virginian, I am no stranger to strong, effective leadership. I was educated in our West Virginia public schools and earned my undergraduate and doctoral degrees at West Virginia University.
I am a proud veteran of the United States Navy, and service to community and country is a basic tenet by which I live. I served my country as a member of the military, and I am now compelled to serve my community – our Greenbrier Valley – in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
I am a member of the clinical faculty at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and President of the Greenbrier Valley Medical Society. As a physician practicing throughout the district, with offices in Lewisburg, Rainelle and Hinton, I understand the multitude of issues affecting families in the region. My campaign is an extension of my life-long dedication to caring for the women, children and families of this region.
I will fight for more good-paying jobs of the future – ones that a man or woman can support his or her family on. I believe workers who put their shoulders to the grind, day in and day out, should earn a paycheck that lifts them up into prosperity and doesn’t bind them in poverty. At the same time, I will aggressively support growth of our small businesses and the creation of new jobs for more of our people.
As the father of a 3rd grader at Lewisburg Elementary School, I will work to ensure a quality education for all of our children. I will passionately support our public schools to make sure we provide first-class education and training for whatever individual path our children choose to pursue in life. We all want our children to succeed and achieve more than we did in our lifetimes. I will work to see they have those opportunities.
Like so many West Virginians, I am committed to protecting our land, water and air. Recent pollution and contamination scares have brought this issue to the forefront like never before. We must have a serious plan for protecting West Virginia’s beauty. It is our mountains, rivers, and breath-taking natural scenery that make this state “Almost Heaven,” and I am committed to preserving it for all generations to come.
As a physician, I have dedicated my adult life to helping make our people healthier. I will continue that with even more conviction as a legislator. I will work to end childhood obesity, increase access to affordable, quality healthcare, and fight the scourge of substance abuse. For these and so many other issues, I will continue to take care of the Greenbrier Valley.
I will spend the coming months reaching every corner of the 42nd district. Already, I, along with a growing team of volunteers, have a busy schedule underway, meeting with and listening to citizens and leaders in all of our communities. Stay tuned to this site in the coming weeks as we forge a path together across this amazing district.
There’s a lot of hard work ahead, and this campaign is only the beginning of that work. Just as I have asked for the support of my neighbors, friends and family, I am now asking for yours – for your support and for your vote in the Democratic Primary on May 13, 2014.
Fighting for all of us,