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.
I hold a PhD in economics which I use every day to fight for Washingtonians as the primary antitrust enforcement economist under the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. My job is to look out for consumers and make sure all businesses, no matter how large, compete by the same fair rules as each other. My work has won millions of dollars for Washington taxpayers from giants who sometimes think the rules don’t apply to them, such as Amazon.
Previously, I taught economics at Washington State University and worked as a researcher at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. My research on the everyday consequences of political polarization has been published in Science and other leading journals, earning international media coverage. I own a data consulting small business with clients including The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, AARP, and many others.
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.