2020 League of Women Voters -- Grand Traverse Area

2020 League of Women Voters Questionaire--Biography

I grew up in Mt. Pleasant and earned a B.E. in Chemical Engineering at UofM. After college, I went to work for IBM where I worked as a consultant and project manager in IBM’s document imaging, data warehousing and data mining practices in Dallas, TX. While at IBM, I earned M.S. degrees in Engineering Management and Operations Research.

I left IBM in 2001 to work for a large credit union customer as Director of Business Intelligence and finished my Doctor of Engineering degree in 2004. At the Credit Union, I supervised a staff performing interest rate risk, credit risk, pricing, facility location, fraud and abuse, employee incentives and other analytical work.

After my father’s death, I left the Credit Union in 2010 to ride a bicycle across the US, write a book, and start my own business. While in Dallas, I served as Commodore of my 300 member sailing club with a 100-slip dock system, 50-student youth sailing sailing program and 49-week racing program. I also served on the council for our 1,000 member church.

We retired to Traverse City in 2018; Kristin and I have become active at Grace Episcopal Church and in Grace’s participation in Safe Harbor.

I am running to improve housing cost and availability problems in Grand Traverse County.

See the Vote411 page to compare my responses to my Republican opponent, Darryl Nelson.

2020 League of Women Voters--My Priorities

Housing costs, housing availability and development direction are related issues that are critical problems in the County. Watching Safe Harbor guests leaving for full-time jobs at 6:00AM has been a shock on each of the overnights I have done. While canvassing, I’ve talked to parents who wanted their married children to have their own house, but they couldn’t afford it. During the pandemic, multi-generational housing is a life-threatening risk to some. People with full-time jobs should be able to find and afford housing.

I would work to refocus the County Commission on local issues and avoid spending large amounts of time on national political posturing, to restart the County Planning Commission, and to bring greater accountability and transparency to the Road Commission, which now has defacto control over development.

The second priority is improved transparency. The County Commission should have a conflict disclosure agenda item in the same way that Townships do. The ethics policy should have provisions for investigation and enforcement for elected officials in addition to employees and should prohibit use of office for obtaining inside information.

See the Vote411 page to compare my responses to my Republican opponent, Darryl Nelson.