Born in Seattle, Washington, I have called Rochester home for the past 19 years. I come from both a military and medical family: my father served in the Navy and is a retired Air Force combat veteran. My mother was a nurse for more than four decades.

I’ve been married to my wife, Lori, for 22 years, and we have 4 children; Elizabeth (Lizzy, 18), Emma (17), Phillip (14) and Edward (12). Lizzy was born with Down Syndrome and I want to ensure everyone in our community with special needs has ample opportunity to thrive and contribute. We must ensure our schools, and the organizations that serve people with special needs, have the proper resources to help those who need us the most.

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Florida International University and a PhD in Astrophysics from Iowa State University. I was a software developer at IBM, where I worked on projects including the Blue Gene supercomputer. Currently, I develop Artificial Intelligence algorithms for Mayo Clinic to aide physicians in triaging patients. Additionally, Iā€™m a non-tenure-track professor of physics at Augsburg University. I’m a self-published author and an avid lover of theater, and have acted in several local productions.

My parents instilled in me honor, compassion, independence, drive, creativity, and a desire to constantly challenge and better myself. Those skills are needed when the economic impact of this pandemic will be so deep and broad. We will get through this by listening, being open-minded and respectful. These problems will be complex and require flexible thinking and an ability to achieve consensus.

I offer Ward 2 and the city of Rochester a fresh approach and a new perspective. I ask for your support. After 12 years, it is time for a change.

The world has changed and our City Council needs to change with it. We no longer have the luxury of giving our Council members huge raises, paying millions for national consultants and being intolerant of different views. We need someone who will actually listen to people ā€“ bring them together ā€“ to best represent the needs of the people in Ward 2.