1. Tell us about yourself!
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Rampart High School. When I was a freshman in high school I set my sights on being an engineer, and in pursuit of this goal I attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. After I earned my civil engineering degree I returned home to Colorado Springs to be closer to my family and to the mountains. After almost 10 years working as an engineer I felt as though I could do more for the city that had done so much for my family. I am the 5th generation to call Colorado Springs home.
In 2011 I joined 15 other individuals to run for an At-Large position on the Colorado Springs City Council. Out of the 5 available seats I placed 4th, which at that time meant that I would only have a two year term, but I made the most of my two years. If we had a committee, I served on it: Memorial Health System, Solar Gardens, Stormwater, the Drake Study and many more. This position required long hours and little pay, but I would not trade it for the world. I love leading for a cause, and there was no better cause than the future of Colorado Springs.
2. What are the top 3 issues you see facing Colorado Springs?
The top 3 issues that I see facing Colorado Springs are trust, support and infrastructure.
Trust your relationships.
Trust your neighbors.
The days of the hands shake are long gone, but in my opinion, if those days do not come back our future will not be as bright as it could be. Trust is a solid foundation. Without a solid foundation, it does not matter how well built the building is, it’s coming down. The vast majority of people that I have met throughout my lifetime are hard-working, wonderful people who only want the best for themselves and their families. Trust in that.
A rising tide lifts all boats.
I get the impression in Colorado Springs that there have to be winners and losers, which is simply not the case. Everyone can win; in fact it is better if everyone wins. I realize this will be a paradigm shift, but it will be a very beneficial transition for the City and everyone who calls Colorado Springs home.
Our infrastructure is the face of Colorado Springs, and we are not putting our best face forward. Solving this issue will take planning, education and inspiration. A long term solution is necessary; a band aide will not suffice. Education and inspiration go hand in hand. Education is not exciting, but inspiration is powerful. The city needs to be inspired to put our best face forward and understand how this investment will pay dividends in the future.
3. What do you love about Colorado Springs?
Being a Colorado Springs native, I am particularly biased; I love almost everything about Colorado Springs. I love the people. I love the mountains. I love the diversity. I love the weather. I love the small town feel even though the city is nearing 450,000 residents. I love the Garden of the Gods and our closeness to nature. I love roads that have four different names.
4. What would you change about Colorado Springs?
If I could change one thing about Colorado Springs I would want everyone to have a ‘can do’ attitude. The sky truly is the limit, and as Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” If we have faith and trust in ourselves and each other, we will make Colorado Springs the most wonderful and welcoming city.
5. Would you ever consider running for office in Colorado Springs?
I would consider running for office again in Colorado Springs. I was honored to serve the citizens of Colorado Springs, and would appreciate the opportunity to do so in the future. Being a member of the Colorado Springs City Council is a full time job, and I hope that at some point in the future those who are elected to represent the City will receive due compensation for that responsibility.