My family and interests
Below is my bio
My daughter Sarah (one of two!) and our new grandson, Louie.
My wife is trying to tell me something . . .
Sarah is a farmer. I tackled vines on the farm.
I built a boat, and we row it on the Potomac.
Alf Cooley of the Canoe Cruisers Association has lured me onto the Potomac River Access Committee.
On the farm I found a horseshoe. It'll bring me good luck!
EXPERIENCE - A quick bio:
I was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up in the West - Arizona and California - then moved back to Washington, D.C. at 26 to attend Catholic U. for Law/City and Regional Planning.
I completed three semesters and then spent a year at HUD as an intern, then a year at the Washington Post as a copy aide,
then some years selling real estate, running a small painting crew, teaching, and selling and supporting personal computer software. The summer after
the first year of law school I attended (in San Francisco) the New School for Democratic Management, which affected my outlook concerning
cooperatives and self-managed businesses.
In 1985 I moved to Takoma Park to start a family and send down community roots. While I was at it I started a local paper, a community non-profit, and a
tech business in the basement.
Twenty years later that business converted to a worker's co-op, fulfilling a long-held dream. My community roots extended to chairing and
co-chairing a series of committees and neighborhood associations, and serving on the Takoma Park City Council for two terms.
The City Council is non-partisan.
After the Council, I was elected to the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Food Co-op board, then ran for State Delegate in 2014.
I came close to winning a seat, and was endorsed by the Washington Post.
In 2007 I built a small office building in Takoma Park for business start-ups and managed it for 10 years while I worked half-time for
the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
We moved from Takoma Park to nearby Silver Spring in 2016, and I am now happy to run for one of four Montgomery County At-Large seats in 2022.
I've worn a creative hat, too, as an amateur musician, music teacher, and float-maker for several of the Takoma Park 4th of July parades.
I know and have worked with many of our current elected officials from my time on the Takoma Park City Council. I
understand challenges that cities and counties face in Maryland.
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