I live and work in our 21st Legislative District. I care about families, freedoms, and justice. The combination of my education, experience, and personality contribute to my qualifications as the right choice to be your Representative and bring the change we need in Olympia.
My wife, Tracy, and I are native Washingtonians. I was raised in a blue-collar home, my father was a union machinist. Tracy and I have lived in Legislative District 21 for 14 years and raise our four school-age children here. We enjoy being active in the community. We shop at the Farmers’ Market and support local stores and restaurants. Our family is active in a local dance studio. I have served as a coach during my kids’ hockey sessions and volunteered during open ice events to introduce other children to the sport. We cheer at Pacific Little League games in Mukilteo, Meadowdale, and Lynnwood, and celebrate together after performances at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. I am privileged to serve as a chaperone on church youth events.
My history reveals my heart toward public service, nurtured since my youth. While in high school and continuing for a couple years after college, I volunteered with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT. I attended Marquette University and earned a degree in civil/environmental engineering with an emphasis in urban planning. My undergraduate liberal arts studies included Introduction to Law and Criminology. After a couple years working in civil engineering by day and as a firefighter by night, as newlyweds, Tracy and I headed back east to one of just two schools in the United States which offered a master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering.
Following graduation, I spent three years with a corporation in their San Francisco office, having enjoyed multiple internships at their corporate headquarters in Chicago. I am a practicing professional engineer; registered throughout the West from Alaska to Hawaii. I was an award recipient by Consulting-Specifying Engineer, who annually recognizes 40 engineers across the country under the age of 40 based on the individual’s “commitment to excellence in their academic, professional, personal, and community involvement.” Currently, I own and operate a small fire protection engineering consultancy that Tracy and I started in Edmonds in 2006, operated from our home in Lynnwood for a time, and is now located in Mukilteo. The integrity, tenacity, and dedication I have honed as a small business owner in the Puget Sound are characteristics I will bring with me to Olympia as your State Representative.
As a resident of City of Edmonds, I have attended City Council meetings and stood at the podium to offer public comment on the record. When it came to adopting FCC rules for allowance of 5G antennae sites, the City Attorney gave instruction to the Council as to the allowable limits of their rulemaking prior to acceptance of public comment. In response to his statements, I adapted my presentation in that moment to more effectively communicate my concerns in a manner such that they would be actionable by the Council. The language ultimately adopted by the Council went beyond that offered by City Departments and incorporated my comments. My effective listening skills and ability to speak toward mutually acceptable language support my ability to work successfully with all Parties in Olympia as your Representative in Position 1 from Legislative District 21.
I am currently serving an appointment with WA Department of Labor and Industries (LNI) as a member of the Elevator Safety Advisory Committee where I represent Registered Architects and Professional Engineers throughout Washington State. I have twice been appointed by our State Building Code Council to serve as a member of Technical Advisory Groups in the triennial adoption of the State Building and Fire Codes. In the most recent adoption cycle, I stood up as an individual for public safety and petitioned the Council for reconsideration of a particular proposed code amendment. I appeared at multiple public hearings in Olympia where I provided oral public testimony in addition to persuasive written testimony. My stated position received the written support of fire department officials in two area jurisdictions. Ultimately, my petition was granted, preserving the level of fire and life safety established by our codes.
In the previous legislative session, I helped Senator Marko Liias (D) amend the text of a bill that had not been successful in prior years. Following my contributions, the Greg “Gibby” Gibson Fire Safety Act was passed in 2019. As your Representative, I will continue to work with all Parties toward the best outcome.
An effective leader looks also to the world beyond. In our house, we sponsor a child in Indonesia. In my work, I have traveled to present a paper on the topic of performance-based fire and life safety design before an international audience. I was also selected to speak on the topic of smoke control at the 2008 annual World Fire Safety Conference and Exposition hosted by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Currently, I serve on the SFPE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers) Public Policy Task Group with Committee on Outreach and Advocacy members from around the globe.
My breadth and depth of experience has uniquely qualified me to be your State Representative. Through my business, I have negotiated contracts on multi-million dollar public and private sector projects. My work with diverse individuals has taught me how to navigate differences of opinion in order to achieve a common goal. The combination of my education, experience, and personality reinforce my qualifications as the right choice for Legislative District 21 – State Representative, Position 1.
I appreciate your vote.