- Former Senior Administrator in the Office of the President at the University of Georgia
- Former Senior Policy Advisor in the United States Congress
- Previously served on the Board of Directors for a city Chamber of Commerce
- Devout man of faith and humble servant at local church
- From Buford, Georgia
- Running as an Independent
My deep love and passion for District 45 started before I learned how to walk. My mother and father moved to Buford, Georgia when I was a young child. My early education began at the Children’s Learning Center located in downtown Buford. I went on to be a proud member of the Buford Elementary Wolf Pack and also attended Sugar Hill Elementary school. I have spent my entire K-12 career in Gwinnett County. I am a graduate of Duluth High School where I had the privilege of serving as the President of the Student Council.
Like the other 56% of Georgia children growing up in low-income and single parent households, early life for me was not easy. My parents divorced when I was in elementary school, which was followed by us moving more times than I can count—and on some occasions we found ourselves without a place to call home. The low wages earned by my mother who worked as a public sector employee, simply were not enough to make our ends meet. It was at this time that my faith began to grow and my passion for ensuring that every family has the ability and the tools needed to succeed was invigorated. These experiences were significant contributors to my commitment to the work that I have done at the University of Georgia - helping students to realize the impact that education can have on their future. I was determined to help others live a different childhood than my family.
After graduating from Duluth High School, I attended Gainesville State College for a short time before ultimately graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science from the School of Public and International Affairs.
Back then, graduation at the University of Georgia was on a Saturday. I graduated, without a job, and flew to Washington, D.C. the following Monday to begin the job search. After a three month search, I secured a position working for a Member of Congress in the Georgia Delegation.
While employed by the U.S. Congress, I served for several years before becoming a Senior Policy Advisor and was deeply involved in the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. While working on Capitol Hill, I quickly became frustrated with how partisan the environment was. I began to host morning meetings and after hour flag football games to help build a better relationship with my Capitol Hill Colleagues.
In 2015, I was selected as a member of the University of Georgia’s 40 under 40 and then had the opportunity to return home to Georgia to work for the University of Georgia as a Senior Administrator in the Office of the President after leaving Capitol Hill. This experience was the opportunity of a lifetime. In this role, I focused on student affairs and community relations. Additionally, I served as the representative to the UGA Staff Council, Retirees Association, and the Board of Visitors. I also had the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce and I currently serve on the Alumni Board of Directors for the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. This has been an amazing opportunity that has helped prepare me for this next chapter of life.
I am now seeking the opportunity to serve the citizens of Senate District 45 in the Georgia General Assembly. I currently reside in the Hamilton Mill Area with my wife Jessica and young son Christopher.
I am truly excited that you have taken the opportunity to learn more about me. I hope you will join our movement to redefine our political system.