In January 2016 we welcomed the birth of our daughter Audra, and the sense of urgency I felt to keep my daughter and growing family safe was something I had yet to feel in my life. I also felt that if no one was going to do something about our community then I would have to act beyond the realm of just a local volunteer.
I started regularly attending local North View Pride community meetings and getting involved in local politics, which eventually culminated in a run for House of Delegates in 2018. When the opportunity to run for Clarksburg City Council arose, I thought about it long and hard and decided that if I truly wanted to see the change I envision, then I would have to take a shot at it as well.
The idea of representing my community of North View and the entire city of Clarksburg at City Hall is one of the most honorable things I can imagine and I am exicted to have the opportunity to do that!
Things began to change a few years later when Clarksburg experienced wave after wave of different drug epidemics. The neighborhood was changing and it was becoming evident that wasn’t for the better. In 6 short years, what I thought was a once desirable Clarksburg neighborhood, now had me questioning if I had made the right choice of purchasing my home here.
The struggle to stay isn't a new problem for West Virginia young people. Both of my parents were Harrison County natives who left the area in the early 1970's. When my dad retired from the US Navy in 1991, we moved to Shepherdstown in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle the following year. It was a big change for an 11 year old who had only been to Clarksburg and Salem to visit my grandparents and family.