For over two decades, I have been a resident in District 38 – decades spanning from childhood, through the local school systems, to a career as an entrepreneur, and now to having a family of my own, with a beloved wife, a son and a daughter. Many people, having observed my seemingly comfortable life, asked me, “Why play in the muddy waters of politics when you’ve got a good life going? There’s no money to be made here, and you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. People will hate you regardless.”
Except for, I wasn’t raised this way, and the idea of a “good life” has been gravely challenged this past year. While it’s literally been my business to take care of people, namely, the elderly and the most vulnerable, with my businesses forced to temporarily close, I turned my attention to public service, to lead the change we so need, to advocate for our community. There remains distance to go, when we talk about a “good life”, so let’s walk this walk together.