Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 75 words.
1. To an outsider, how would you describe the region you wish to represent? What is it like geographically, economically, politically and socially? Ward 6 is a well-populated area with easy access to goods and services via Lancaster Dr. Located in the North East quadrant of Salem. Economically speaking somewhat depressed areas exist throughout the ward. Ward 6 is a very diverse in regards to it’s political and social strata. 2. When did you decide to run for this office, and why? Being the NOLA Chair, I wanted to work closely with the city Counselor of Ward 6. Being on the grass root level I saw the need for leadership. When it was discovered that said counselor would not be seeking re-election, I felt that I could make a positive impact for our community.3. How much will your primary campaign cost (please be specific)? It’s hard to say. Being it my first time running for an elected position, I would say about 10,000.00.4. Who are your key endorsements from within the Mid-Valley? Create Jobs PAC, City of Salem Chamber of Commerce, Builders Association, Realtors Association, Sheryl Thomas (former city Counselor Ward 6), Greg Peterson business owner, community service volunteer extraordinaire. 5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. No6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details. I have, in the past filed for bankruptcy. 2008 hit the country very hard. In 2009 my full time employment status was changed to “supplemental.” That constituted the loss of all medical and retirement benefits as well as a substantial cut in hours. That also coincided with the birth of our first child. In 2010 I was laid off and unemployed. Our 6 month emergency fund had already