Occupation: Founder and operator of Two-Six Industries, a supplier to The Home Depot and a federal contractor.
Previous experience holding elected offices: None.
Other community service experience: After graduating from West Point in 2007 I served as an Army infantry officer until I was wounded in Afghanistan in 2009. After recovering from my wounds I medically retired from the Army in 2013. From 2012 to 2018 I served on the board of the Amputee Coalition, America’s largest amputee-focused nonprofit. From 2016 to 2018 I served as Chairman of the Board.
Why should voters choose you for this position?
I’m a proud graduate of West Point and Stanford business school. I’m a wounded veteran that became the Army’s first patient with my injury to walk on a daily basis. I am a small business owner, a husband and a native Georgian. You should vote for me because I think we can rise above party labels and work towards common goals – good schools, safe neighborhoods, a strong economy. You should vote for me because I have the unique background required to ensure that we focus on the important things and do what’s best for Buckhead.
What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?
Education. Buckhead parents pay outrageous amounts for child care. We don’t support families sending kids to college as we used to. We can tackle both by rethinking and reinvesting in HOPE.
Safety. APD has stopped policing shoplifting. It ignores numerous car break-ins. We pay high taxes but don’t get basic services back. The state delegation should demand better.
Property taxes. The cap that was passed is incomplete. Buckhead homeowners will continue paying the lion’s share of Atlanta’s budget. I would push for taxes that ease pressure on our district while making sure that our school system is not harmed.