Why I’m Running
My family lives in the heart of District E, off Glenwood Avenue along the greenway by Crabtree Creek. I met my wife Avery 12 years ago in this neighborhood and we are raising our two sons, Liles and Bowen, here. My wife is a former public school teacher and is currently serving as the PTA co-president at Root Elementary where our boys go to school. Their future is what it’s all about! I want them to grow up proud to call Raleigh home.
But for that to happen, we have to work together and we need strong leadership. The focus of my entire career has been to work for a higher quality of life for North Carolinians. Working in and around government, I have helped shape the policies of our city and state. My work has given me a depth of experience in policy making and consensus building. I have worked with people of all backgrounds. I understand that to make rational decisions, you have to take each issue case by case, situation by situation, while not having a predetermined solution. Listening to every perspective is key.
We have tough issues in front of us, such as transportation and connectivity, the stewardship of natural resources, aging infrastructure and housing affordability. I have built a career on bringing people together to solve critical and sometimes contentious problems. My track record of working with those of all backgrounds in order to improve environmental quality has given me the skills and experience needed to help Raleigh continue to improve.
I also want to make sure we balance improvements with the incredible resources we already have here. For example, I enjoy riding my bike on the greenway along Crabtree Creek over the bridge crossing the beltline, through the beautiful grounds of the NC Museum of Art, then out to the dirt paths of Umstead State Park. As Raleigh grows, we must manage our city’s assets, and we must do it in a sustainable and balanced manner.
I have always tried to put people first, and as your city councilor, I will work with all of the citizens of District E to make Raleigh the most livable city now and for future generations.
Director of NC Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
Environmental Lobbyist, Consultant, & Attorney
Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources for the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
Director of Government Relations for NC Nature Conservancy
Attorney at Latham & Wood LLC
Appointed by County Commission as Chair of Wake County Water Partnership
Appointed by Mayor Charles Meeker as first Chair of Raleigh Water Conservation Task Force
Appointed by City Council as member of Raleigh Parks & Greenway Board
Member of NC State Bar and NC State Bar Association
Youth Basketball Coach
Y Guides Chief
St. Michael’s Church Member
Completed two marathons
Finished numerous triathlons
Mountain and road cyclist
Camper and backpacker
Hunter and angler
Earned Eagle Scout and God & Country Scout Award
Wake Forest University Law School, Juris Doctorate
Environmental Law Society President
Moot Court Associate Justice
Member of Evidence Moot Court Team
American Jurisprudence Award for Highest Grade in Appellate Advocacy
UNC-Chapel Hill, BA Political Science
Member of student government
Graduated from Williams High School in Burlington
Attended Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro