Council member, Ward 3
I was born in Long Island, NY, and come from a large family. I was raised by my mother, Carol, a strong, intelligent and vibrant woman. My father, Vincent, an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy. They instilled the values of hard work, self-reliance, self-sacrifice, teamwork, and education.
After graduating high school in Westminster, CO, I attended the Metropolitan State University of Denver. During my final semester of college, I was accepted into the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Lakewood Combined Regional Law Enforcement Academy. In 2005 I simultaneously earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and my Colorado POST Certification.
In 2009, I met my wife, April; A strong, independent and intelligent woman. Just twelve short months later, she agreed to marry me. Together we have three beautiful children, two girls and one boy. We have been raising our family in Thornton since 2012.
Professionally, I continue to work as a police officer, serving the public over the past 14 years. I have the pleasure of working and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. We work together to find collaborative, innovative, and resilient solutions to real-world problems. I am a dynamic relationship builder that can bring people together.
I believe in innovative and forward-thinking policies while maintaining fiscal budgetary responsibilities. I will serve the citizens of Thornton by providing innovative, forwarding thinking and transparent government for everyone.
Council member, Ward 3
I have lived in Thornton and raised my children here for the last 15 years. Over that time, this community has grown close to my heart. My wife and I have built a business here from the ground up, without government aid or subsidies, and we feel truly blessed to be able to say we are living the American Dream. My wife, Michele, is on the board of directors for the Sheila Fortune Foundation, a foundation dedicated to funding non-profit organizations who provide education in the arts for at-risk youths in after-school and summer programs in Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Our daughter Denyse graduated from Horizon High School in 2003 as Valedictorian and went on to study at Front Range Community College for two years, to ultimately graduate from CU Boulder with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Thereafter she went to medical school, and recently graduated from Midwestern University as a physician assistant this August. Our son Nader is also a graduate of Horizon High School and is currently attending CU Boulder's Leeds School of Business.
I believe that the public sector has been an important catalyst for the growth in our city, but it is the private sector investment that really needs to be top priority for our community growth and stability.
I look forward to serving you, the citizens of Ward 3, in the city council. I will work for you, with respect to all your collective needs and by supporting our group of extraordinary and diverse individuals to the best of my ability. May God bless our city and wonderful country, where dreams certainly can come true.