With the election coming up in a little more than seven weeks, I want to use this opportunity to help the community know who I am. Over the last several weeks, I have shared information about my accomplishments at work. This week I am sharing about the things that matter most to me.
My wife, Kathy, and children (Aaron & Ashlyn) have been a focus of my life for over 26 years now. Kathy and I met as we were graduating high school. Kathy graduated from Middleton High School while I graduated from Nampa High School. We both worked at Kmart in Nampa but met after Kathy saw my photo at Hall Photography when she was getting her senior photos taken. Throughout our senior year, we became friends and started dating after graduating from high school. We married two years later while attending college at the College of Southern Idaho. I still remember the day that my father told me that I had found the right woman to marry. My family, especially my father, fell in love with Kathy very early on. My father said to me that if we were ever to split up, I would be the one to be kicked out of the family. My wife still likes to remind me of my father’s approval from time to time.
After college, I had my first full-time job offer at the New Plymouth Police Department. We moved to Payette and started building our family. We had two children, Aaron and Ashlyn. It is hard to imagine life before our children. We spent five incredible years together before having children, but after having children, we have focused our life on them. My wife has been a great supporter of our family. Working outside of the home to help provide for the family and still managing to make sure that daily chores are being done around the house. Kathy is always working hard to make sure that we don’t miss anything. She loves scrapbooking and things where she can express her artistic side. Our family would not be the same without the love and support of my wife.
Like many families, our children have become our life outside of work. When our children were young, we had our children involved with sports, dance, music, and church. We have continued to support our children with their interests. We have always enjoyed seeing them pursue the things that interest them. We have given our children opportunities to be involved in these things, and we been there to support our children.
When Aaron started taking guitar lessons, he needed help practicing at home. One of my coworkers gave me a guitar that needed some repair. I took the guitar and fixed it. I then spent the next couple of years learning a few basic chords to play along with him. I learned enough guitar to get him going. Aaron has expanded his musical abilities to the trombone, piano, and bass guitar. He has had opportunities to play in the worship band at our church, concert band at school, the Treasure Valley Honor Band, and in an NNU Jazz Combo band while attending high school. I have been proud to watch Aaron, his growth as a musician, and how he expresses himself through music.
Ashlyn has always had an interest in dancing. I used to take Ashlyn to her dance lessons and watch her learn how to dance. She continued dance lessons through elementary school and joined the Cheerleading Squad in middle school. Ashlyn is a cheerleader at New Plymouth High School. In addition to dance, Ashlyn started learning the piano when she was in elementary school. When she joined the middle school band, she decided to play the flute. Ashlyn is still active in playing for the worship band at our church, concert band at school, and the Treasure Valley Honor Band. I have enjoyed watching Ashlyn performing as a cheerleader at the New Plymouth High School games and at any time that she is playing music.
Education has been an essential part of our life. We have supported our children throughout their entire school career to live up to their potential. Knowing that our children can do well in school, we set the bar high for them in school. Their studies have always been an important part of our family. We have celebrated with them as they have done well in school and succeed in both dual credit courses, as well as college courses.
Having grown up in church, I wanted to raise my family in the church as well. We attended church in New Plymouth for numerous years. Our children have had opportunities to learn about faith and participate in many valuable experiences in the church. They have also met many people who support them as one of their children. These relationships are invaluable to not only our children but also to us. These relationships have helped support our children as they are growing up.
I have worked and served our communities for a long time. This service does not compare to the relationship that I have with my family. Watching my children grow and being a part of their successes has been an essential part of my life. It has enriched me in more ways than can be measured. I have enjoyed being a part of helping my children grow and mature in faith, music, sports, school, and as being well-rounded young adults.
A candidate that believes in partnership with citizens to make our communities safer.