I registered as a Republican on my eighteenth birthday seventeen years ago. I have been active in politics ever since that time, and always considered myself a pragmatic, moderate Republican.
The Republican Party of today is not my party. I’ve never supported Donald Trump. He’s an embarrassment to the country and a threat to our republic and to the stability of the world. He also represents a growing tide of nativist anti-immigrant rhetoric that I have never and will never support. For a long time, I tried to be a moderate voice within a party that is ever more anxious to move further and further to the extreme right. I was very active and served as a precinct chair and as a member of the Utah County Republican Central Committee. I had a front row seat as the Utah Republican Party tore itself apart over SB54 and watched as extremists bankrupted the party in an effort to reduce voter participation and ensure that the far right wing fringe of the party could dominate the candidate nomination process.
Because the state of Utah for the most part has been a one-party state and in most districts the Republicans do not face meaningful opposition, our legislators do not feel a need to reach out to or appeal to independent moderate voters; the only vote they fear is the primary itself, which is why our legislators have drifted further and further to the right over time.
In 2017 I changed my party registration and joined the United Utah Party. I am no longer a Republican. The United Utah Party is a new moderate party that is more focused on finding solutions to problems facing our state than on scoring partisan points. I want to embrace good ideas without worrying about which political tribe they came from. On the national level I support moderate candidates of both parties who think for themselves.
I have been married for thirteen years to my wonderful wife Annika, who has been a great support to me throughout our marriage. We are the proud parents of three boys: Paul, Martin, and Garrett. We live in South Jordan.
I know what it is like to deal with adversity. I am legally blind from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative genetic eye disease. I am a graduate of the Utah Training and Adjustment School, where I learned non-visual skills that have ensured I can continue to work and provide for my family and to continue living the life I want. You can read more about my experiences with blindness here.
I have lived in Utah for six years. In that time I have been an active volunteer in my community. I am a member of the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI) Advisory Council as well as the Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities (GCEPD). I also helped to found a community Boy Scout troop to help Scouting continue in Utah, and continue to serve there to help our youth develop into the leaders our community will need.
I am a Fulbright alumni and have a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland. I have worked as a technical recruiter for an innovative tech company and have previously worked as a technical support manager and engineer. Before getting into IT I also worked as a correctional officer and city police officer.