Over my life, I've heard over and over again that politicians don't represent us.

Bring Back Common Sense to Washington

I don't know when it happened, but the people in Washington have lost their common sense.  They have lost the idea that they represent the people.  It's time to bring the people's house back to the people.  I'm running for Indiana's 5th congressional district seat

I'm not a perfect person, and I'm definitely not a politician. We all make mistakes.  I've found that being honest and a good person goes a long way to not only gain trust from others, but gaining confidence in yourself.  I live by the golden rule, do unto others as you would have done unto yourself.


I grew up in northwest Indiana.  I was born in East Chicago, Indiana. My mother started raising me in Portage Indiana until we moved to Hammond Indiana when I was about 5 years old.

I remember being a little kid in Portage a bit.  We were not a rich family, but we made by. I remember living in a trailer.  I remember waking up to snow bigger than me.  Snow higher than the stairs on the trailer.  Snow so high even the plows couldn't get through.  When we moved to a house at age 5 or so, I remember seeing a house for the first time.  I remember finding neighbors.  I remember coloring on the walls and getting in trouble for it.  

I lost my biological father at age 4.  I was raised by my mother and step father, my dad, in Hammond Indiana.  I went to Jefferson elementary and then Gavit High School.  I was in the marching band and show choir.  I attended Covenant Presbyterian Church, where I became a member in my teens.


I got married when I was 18.  I was young and naive.  I thought I could raise a family and change the world.  We had three children together, Ashley, Abby, and Andrew.  Due to many reasons, including our age, we got divorced.  

Shortly after I got divorced, I met my future and current wife, Kristy.  We are married and have three living children together, Donovan, Kiernan, and Teagan.  In 2007 Kristy was pregnant with our second child, Kaitlynn.  I had painted her room pink, and setup the crib.  We were just weeks away from having a new baby in the house.  Then at around 8 months pregnant, Kristy stopped feeling her move.  The doctor told us there was no heart beat.  We had to be rushed to the hospital and deliver her.  She had already passed away.  I lost my mind.  I went into a deep depression where there was no light in my life.  How could God take away our baby?  Why did this happen to us?  I didn't care about anyone or anything anymore, including myself.  I lost my way with God.  I stole from my employer to pay for the funeral, gambling, and drinking.  I'm ashamed of how I acted.  I can never repay my debt to those I hurt, especially my wife and children.  This period in my life is a dark stain on my past and I try every day to be a better person than I was the day before.  I've asked my family, friends, neighbors, and my God as well to forgive me.  I try to remember John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."  

Since the loss of Kaitlynn, I've made a promise I would help out my community any and every chance I get.  I've helped out at food banks, and ran food donation drives.  I participate in meal trains when anyone needs some help.  If someone needs help with just about anything, I try to be there for them.  As a congressman, I promise to keep doing the same.  I won't be able to help people move furniture or fix cars, but you can bet that anything that I can do to help people I will. When you call my office my staff will have priority orders to see what we can do for anyone needing help.  Constituent services is what they call it in Washington.  I call it just being a good neighbor.  When we all work together, the world is a better place.  

I've been a forklift driver, a database programmer, a medical records keeper, a CFO, a software designer, a photographer and many other things.  As many people in my generation, and the next, can attest the job market is whatever job you can get when you need to support your family.  


When I was a teenager I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  A lot of people have bipolar disorder, including politicians like Winston Churchill.  It spans all nations, genders, and professions.  From mathematicians and philosophers, to actors and musicians.   

I struggled a lot of my life with the diagnosis.  I always thought periods of depression and the  period of extra energy (mania)  were normal.  I didn't want to think I was flawed, or broken.  I finally accepted my diagnosis in my early thirties.  I realized that my disability was no different than any other disability that people are born with.  I didn't choose to have bipolar, just like one doesn't choose to be born with kidney disease, or epilepsy.   Having bipolar has made me a stronger person for friends, family, and community. 

My unique experiences in life make me the ideal candidate to represent the majority of our community.  I know what it's like to live the middle class life.  I know what it's like to work double shifts to make ends meet.  I know what it's like to be disabled.  I know what it's like to deal with personal hardships.  I will use my experience from all the adversity and success in my life to bring common sense solutions to congress.   

I'm not a politician, but I am a neighbor.  I think it's time we had neighbors looking out for us.  I think it's time we said enough with partisan politics, and do what's right for everyone.  I think it's time we all stood up and said enough is enough, we are not going to be represented by those that are out of touch with half of Americans.  

And that's why I'm running for congress.