The City of Colorado Springs has been my home for 38 years and commitment to contribute to the well-being of the community began when I was a student at Horace Mann Middle School. Throughout middle school and high school I volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House to support their mission to assist the families in the midst of a medical crisis. I contributed to my community by maintaining facilities and assisting with manual labor projects as needed until I was able to broaden my service to my community and nation in a greater way by enlisting in the United State Marine Corps at 17 years old.
My commitment to serving my fellow Americans guided me on a military career dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable and defenseless among us and overseas. This led me to Benghazi, where on September 11, 2012, destructive politics resulted in the loss of faithful American lives.
I have witnessed firsthand how corruption, failed communication, and lack of accountability of our elected officials can be devastating and I will not allow this to continue in our incredible City. As a father of twins and active participant within our city, it is undeniable that deficient resources within our community due to lack of oversight, accountability, transparency and appropriately prioritized and allocated funding is spurring further degradation of our city. Though several foundations and humanitarian organizations have been established to provide necessities for our community, it will be my responsibility as your Mayor to ensure that tax-funded city programs and private foundations are meeting the needs of our citizens, not politicians.
Public safety, financial security, and structural soundness of our community are the most paramount, urgent issues facing the City of Colorado Springs. As your Mayor, I will address and remedy these problems by prioritizing: