I am not a politician. I have never run for office before. And though I no longer wear an Army uniform, I am as passionate about serving our country and our state as I have ever been.
I grew up in the small town of Eclectic, AL. My parents taught me the value of integrity and personal responsibility. One of five children, I loved to visit my grandparents’ nearby farm. It was on their 80-acre farm and my parents’ work ethic that I learned the value of hard work. That work ethic and commitment to personal responsibility helped me to be successful in the military and in life. I served 21 years in the Army before retiring in 2006. I have lived in Shelby County the past 14 years. During that time, I have volunteered with several different non-profit organizations in Shelby County, including the American Legion, Alabama Family Rights Association, and Bridge the Gap. I have been a member of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for three years. I have attended First Baptist Church in Pelham since 2008. I was also recently unanimously selected to join the Shelby County GOP Executive Committee.
In 1985, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That oath did not end when I retired from the Army. I strongly support the Constitution, and will advocate particularly hard for the first, second, and tenth amendments.
I am a conservative. I believe that we need less government, not more. We need to get the government out of the way so people can run their businesses and live their lives. I’m pro-life. I’m pro-family. I’m also a problem solver. We need legislators who can get things done. As a leader in the military, I had a job to do. It was my responsibility to bring people together and find ways to solve problems. That is the same approach I will take as a legislator.
I am a strong supporter of economic development and expanding our workforce development programs. We need a strong relationship between state government, our industries, and our education community (including K-12, the Community College system, and our four-year institutions). In today’s changing economy, we need to be able to train and re-train workers for the in-demand, well-paying jobs of the 21st century.