Professor, Grand Valley State University
Every day I work to make our common vision a reality. This is my 14th year teaching students at Grand Valley State University the importance of being good stewards of our natural resources. With today’s knowledge and resources, it is possible to improve both the economy and the environment at the same time; I see it happen as my students graduate and begin careers right here in West Michigan. I have also been active in the community. I serve on advisory boards at the Ottawa ISD’s Careerline Tech Center and the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.
My wife Jennifer is the associate superintendent for student services at Holland Public Schools. A school psychologist by training, Jennifer is committed to fostering an inclusive educational system for all students. I share that vision with her.
West Michigan has an unsurpassed quality of life; that’s why Jennifer and I are raising our children here. Our kids are 15 and 12 and attend the local public schools. Our family enjoys the beaches and parks, the shops and libraries. We want to ensure those resources are available to all residents and visitors for years to come.
My family and I are invested in our lakeshore community. I share your vision for a thriving region built on a solid foundation of economic prosperity and environmental stewardship. That’s why I am running for Michigan’s 89th House District seat in 2020.
We are facing unprecedented challenges of a pandemic virus and economic hardships. These events have laid bare fractures in our society. But history has shown that the only way to overcome these challenges is by working together. We all want to return to normalcy. But it is clear that simply “going back to normal” is no longer an option. Let’s move forward to a better, brighter future – together.
Ottawa County’s lakeshore is filled with talent and promise. I am grateful to be a part of this community, and I look forward to representing all of the district’s residents in Lansing.