Thank you for visiting my campaign page! I am grateful to already know so many people in the outstanding City ofMadison, and I look forward to meeting many moreof you during this campaign and hopefully throughout my term as your councilman for District 3. I want to hear from you regarding your vision, hopes, concerns and experiences as residents ofMadison City, and I want to share with you why I deserve to earn the job of being your representative onthe Madison City Council.
I grew up in Luverne, Alabama, a small town in south Alabama on the way to the Florida panhandle. My mother was a librarian and public elementary school teacher, and my father was a banker and entrepreneur. I had aunts, uncles, and cousins that were educators and entrepreneurs in that small community. From my experience in that small town, I saw how development can impact a community, both positively and negatively. I also saw just how vitally important family, friends, and the support of a community is to the health and success of a city.
Upon graduating from Luverne High School, I went on to attend Troy State University (Troy University, now) and Auburn University in pursuit of a Bachelor’s in electrical engineering. While at Auburn I had the opportunity to co-op with Integraph, Corp. (nowHexagon). This was my first introduction to Madison/Huntsville and it was clear to me during that period that this was an area in which I would like to set up roots and stay!
After graduation, I accepted an engineering job with ADTRAN, Inc., in Cummings Research Park, and I have been there ever since. Upon starting my work at ADTRAN, I moved into Madison City’s District 3 and even through several apartments, house purchases, meeting my wife and establishing a family, District 3 has always been my home.
I met my wife, Kris (Kristina) through a neighbor who was her roommate from college in Tennessee. Again, community is important! We have been married for 16 years and have two wonderful children, Madelaine, a rising 9th grader at Bob Jones, and Sam, a rising 4th grader at Horizon. Madison’s nationally recognized public schools are an important part of why we have continued to live in the city.
In 2005, I received an MBA from the University of Alabama. The skills acquired from that degree not only helped open up new opportunities for me within my job, but also helped show the importance of oversight, planning, and integrity in all pursuits. I’ve put these skills to use as an active member, and past president of my neighborhood's Homeowners Association where I have served for many years, as a current Deacon at my church, and as a volunteer at my children's schools.
I believe my past and present experiences have well qualified and well prepared me to represent all people in our city via a position on the Madison City Council. My wife and I purposefully made the City of Madison our home, and we have happily invested so much of our lives in this community, and eagerly served the community in many ways. I want to continue serving my community, and to actively help ensure “smart growth” in the City of Madison as we continue to see record growth in our area. I believe this is vitally important to District 3 - which includes Town Madison, the Trash Pandas’ Toyota Field, a large stretch of I-565, downtown Madison, and the southernmost portion of Hughes Road - and I would be honored if you would allow me the opportunity and privilege to serve as your City Council Representative.