For Long Lake Council
Platform and Priorities
Citizen Focus: Long Lake is a diverse community with many voices. My focus will be to keep citizens informed on all matters at all times. I will reach out for citizen input to help map out Long Lake's future.
Taxes & Affordability: We are in the middle of a global pandemic and many in our community are struggling financially. This is the time to reject tax rate increases.
Process & Financial Oversight: I will make sure that Long Lake uses all available resources to enhance citizen quality of life including all aspects of spending controls, public safety, park improvements, and to prioritize neighborhood needs such as road repairs & maintenance.
Redevelopment: I will fight to keep Long Lake's small town character. I will prioritize citizen concerns over developer interests at all times. I will not support high density development and tax breaks for developers.
Who We Are
I was born and raised in small town Alburnett, Iowa and was fortunate to have a solid community and a wonderful public school where my dad taught social studies, coached & drove the bus, and my mom worked down the road at our local bank. I met my lovely bride, Rachel, our first year at Luther College. We got married shortly after graduating and just celebrated our 21st anniversary this summer. After graduate school at the California Institute of Technology and the birth of our first child in Los Angeles, we moved to Minnesota seeking family proximity, outstanding public school systems, and a community in which to raise our growing family. We settled in Plymouth in 2004, but in 2017 the small-town feel was calling us and we relocated to nearby Long Lake.
Rachel is a part-time psychiatric R.N. at Regions Hospital and a full-time operational manager of our active home life. I am a mathematician and software developer for a small financial services firm in Plymouth called Walleye Capital. Another hat I wear is that of a youth athletics coach. In addition, we are both actively involved in various ministries and service through our home church of 10 years, Plymouth Covenant Church (PCC). A special highlight for our family at PCC was a family mission trip to the Mayan jungles of Mucel, Mexico with one of our global mission partners, building school rooms and encouraging new local leaders in the AWANA program which had been implemented there by another team the year prior.
Our oldest son, Valen, is 16 years old and heading into his junior year with a love for all things STEM. Our middle son, Tyse, is 13 years old and going into 8th grade wishing there was normalcy for the fall football season. Our baby girl, Siri, is 11 and is going into 6th grade. In addition to her love of reading (especially about horses), basketball & dance, she wanted me to remind you she was born two years before the app on the iPhone so she is the "original Siri". Kuno (our Boxane rescue) and Luma (our Siberian cat) make up our four-legged house mates.
Thank you for your consideration of allowing me to serve you and this wonderful community of Long Lake.
Get In Touch
I always welcome your input, comments, and questions.