My family is incredibly important to me, and they’re a big part of why I’m fighting for a better future. Karen and I have been together for 25 years and I can’t imagine doing this without her.
Farming has been a big part of my life ever since I was a Peace Corps volunteer. There, I ran a USAID farm and learned the importance of bringing nutritional food to communities. Today, I continue to provide healthy foods to my community through my business, Barefoot Gardens.
I have taught at the high school and university level and have witnessed the value in investing in students. Every student, no matter where they are from or how much money they have, should have access to a quality education.
As a business owner, I saw the effects of the state budget impasse firsthand. For two years, our state was held hostage and small businesses suffered because of Springfield’s recklessness.