I am a husband, father, man of faith and science. I’ve lived in Snohomish County most of my life, whether in Lake Stevens, Stanwood, Arlington, or Everett. My family now resides in the Silver Lake area, just a mile from where my wife Hally grew up and near my father-in-law who battles Parkinson’s. My wife and I have two young daughters, and I want to give them the best possible community, economy, and future.

Mayroon akong PhD sa economics na ginagamit ko araw-araw upang ipaglaban ang mga taga-Washington bilang pangunahing antitrust enforcement economist sa ilalim ng Washington State Office of the Attorney General. Ang aking trabaho ay bantayan ang mga mamimili at tiyakin na ang lahat ng mga negosyo, gaano man kalaki, ay nakikipagkumpitensya ayon sa parehong patas na mga panuntunan tulad ng bawat isa. Ang aking trabaho ay nanalo ng milyun-milyong dolyar para sa mga nagbabayad ng buwis sa Washington mula sa mga higante na kung minsan ay iniisip na ang mga patakaran ay hindi nalalapat sa kanila, tulad ng Amazon..

Dati, nagturo ako ng economics sa Washington State University at nagtrabaho bilang researcher sa Anderson School of Management ng UCLA. Ang aking pananaliksik sa mga pang-araw-araw na kahihinatnan ng polarisasyon sa pulitika ay nai-publish sa Science at iba pang nangungunang mga journal, na nakakuha ng internasyonal na saklaw ng media. Nagmamay-ari ako ng data consulting maliit na negosyo kasama ng mga kliyente kabilang ang The New York Times, FiveThirtyEightAARP, at marami pang iba.

My parents came to Washington thirty years ago to work in the timber industry, along with an uncle who works for Boeing and a grandfather who practiced medicine at Joint Base Lewis-McCord. My dad, an avid baseball fan, named me after Hall of Fame Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg and passed his love of the game on to me. After the timber industry crash of the early 1990s, my parents divorced and became accountants. I grew up splitting time between Lake Stevens and Stanwood, graduating from Stanwood High School.

Nagtrabaho ako sa pamamagitan ng Everett Community College na may mga part-time na trabaho sa retail at student services at sa pamamagitan ng pagdadala ng 50-pound swing stage counterweights sa tuktok ng Everett high-rises at Seattle skyscraper. Sa Everett Community College, pinamunuan ko ang isang komite na nagtatag ng mga pangunahing serbisyo para sa hindi tradisyonal na mga mag-aaral at nakilala ang aking magiging asawa, na lumaki sa lugar ng Silver Lake. Lumipat ako sa Eastern Washington University at, sa pamamagitan ng pagsusumikap ng isang napaka-dedikadong propesor, ay nahulog sa pag-ibig sa ekonomiya at pananaliksik, at nagpatuloy ako upang makuha ang aking PhD sa economics mula sa Washington State University.

Ang aking asawang si Hally ay isang social worker. Dati siyang nagtrabaho sa VA Hospital sa Walla Walla, sa mga hospices, at para sa Catholic Community Services dito sa Snohomish County.e are active, long-time members of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Everett, and our faith deeply compels us to serve those overlooked or disregarded by society while holding the elite and powerful accountable. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus and have volunteered at COVID vaccine clinics and in homeless shelters, coordinated meal and supply deliveries for the homebound.

I am a Republican because core conservative values such as competition, community, conservation, forgiveness, family, and freedom are badly needed in our increasingly isolated, inflamed, and intolerant culture. Democracy needs at least two functioning, competent parties to hold each other in check and spur innovation, and right now Washington barely has one.

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Tumatakbo ako para sa underdog. If you’re looking for a Republican who cuts taxes for the rich, who gives handouts to big corporations shipping jobs out of state or overseas, or who schmoozes at the country club, look somewhere else– they’re a dime a dozen.

I’m running for the middle class and all those who have chased down their dreams only to watch them washed away in a rising tide of prices and crime. I’m running for the young student told to fear themselves, their classmates, and an ever-darkening future. I’m running for the college graduate who gets more student debt notices than job interviews.  I’m running for the senior no one visits and the veteran no one understands.

I’m running for the working class and all those who by the work of their hands make everyone else’s lives a bit brighter. I’m running for the worker who fears for their job if they speak their mind. I’m running for the homeless addict stuck in a cycle of punishment and enabling. I’m running for the young family who doesn’t know how they’ll afford their child and for the unborn child they don’t know if they’ll keep.

Tumatakbo ako para sa aking ina, na gumugol ng mas magandang bahagi ng isang dekada na walang tirahan dito sa Snohomish County. Tumatakbo ako para sa aking kapatid na babae, na nagbuwis ng sariling buhay sa gitna ng paghihiwalay na dulot ng COVID.

Malaki ang ating mga hamon. Hindi ko kayang gawin ito nang mag-isa, at hindi mo rin kaya. Pero baka pwede lang.

Samahan mo ako. Sama-sama, magtrabaho tayo ng mas mahusay.

 

tlTL