Why I’m Running

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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.


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  • 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

  • Snow skier

  • 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