Why I'm Running

It’s simple. Good schools put students on a path to success.

Through my work with students in Lake Oswego, across Oregon, and around the globe, I’ve had a chance to see countless different education models in action.

As a father of three, I’m grateful to the dedicated teachers, staff, and parents who have built an incredible legacy of academic achievement in our community.

But I also recognize that our students are entering a global economy that is more competitive and uncertain than ever before.

Together, we can build on what makes our schools so great, and give every student the tools they need to thrive.


To help our students succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we need to give them every opportunity to gain the perspective, skills, knowledge, and experience that will serve them in their career, college, and beyond.

To make this possible, we have to support our educators, encourage innovation, and recognize the value of a curriculum that incorporates science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM).


To keep our promises to our students, the benefits of a Lake Oswego education must be accessible to every family. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access are more than buzzwords: they are a call to action. In each challenge it faces, the school board must make real, tangible progress towards ensuring that we serve every student, of every ability, from every background.


Our kids need our support. The challenges caused by COVID-19 need to be met with ingenuity and compassion. The impact of this crisis isn’t just school closures: it has had serious consequences for the development, wellbeing, and mental health of students as well.

There are important lessons to be learned from this crisis that will not only help us prepare for future threats but inform our approach to education as a whole.

Schools should be resilient, not just against viruses but against any interruption to students’ path to success. 


Today, more than ever, we must be mindful of the habits and responsibilities that we model to our students. Caring for our planet should be the norm, not the exception.

From the community gardens at our elementary schools to the environmentally sensitive designs of our infrastructure projects, the choices we make should teach our students to be stewards of our planet.