- Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 1989
- Retired Mechanical Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
For 20 years I was a commercial fisherman owning my own gillnetter for about 10 years. I served as an Outside Machinery Mechanic for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in the 1980s and served the last 17 years as an engineer.
I am one of Gig Harbor’s native sons. I grew up here and attended Harbor Heights Elementary, Goodman Junior High and graduated from Peninsula High School. I have been married to Barbara for the past 17 years. I have a married son Matthew. I am a Vietnam Veteran.
Served as chair of the Gig Harbor Parks Commission (2006 to 2007), Skansie Park Ad Hoc committee, and site coordinator for the new Estuary Park for Parks Appreciation Day. Docent at the Harbor History Museum, volunteer at the Gig Harbor Film Festival and a new board member of the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.
I have served two terms as councilman in the 1970s and 2000s. The size of Gig Harbor has nearly doubled in population. Our ability to contain growth has diminished since the implementation of the Growth Management Act resulting in a decrease in lot sizes from my first term to this last one. We, who care about the community, need to commit to keeping our “small fishing village” atmosphere but continue to capture the benefit that growth brings to the peninsula.
I am an advocate for better roads, water and sewers that will serve the community for generations to come. Services such as public works, planning and police need to maintain high standards. We must also continue to invest in parks and preserving our environment. I am committed to improving community parking, lengthening the trail network, increasing park land, building a full service maritime pier and the widening of Harborview sidewalks.
Our streams need to be restored to wild run salmon with more eco-friendly symbiotic development. Our history must continue to be preserved. Gig Harbor has weathered the bad economy better than most cities because it is such a desirable place to live. Let’s keep it that way!