Photograph courtesy of Kate & Keith Photography
I am running for City Council to continue making a difference in the city I fell in love with as a UNH undergraduate, thought about often while I was in the Army, and moved to upon returning from Baghdad. My life experiences form a unique perspective for any City Councilor, from having made life or death decisions in Iraq to living the affordability crisis having waited tables after the Army, again after law school, and now choosing studio life so I can stay in the city we all love.

My reelection is based on my successful individual initiatives that would not have happened had I not been on the City Council. Thanks to pursuing what is possible, in addition to the presented agenda, this year alone sixty-one veterans benefited from my $500 All Veterans Tax Credit, sixty-three homeowners benefited from my Solar Tax Exemption expansion, and forty-four veterans benefited from my doubling of the Disabled Veterans Tax Credit. Whether I am defeated again like in my initial 2013 bid or I am victorious like my twelve vote major upset in 2015, I am extremely proud of my contributions to Portsmouth.

I am a proven leader with a record of building consensus over the City Manager's objections. Some of my initiatives were defeated 8:1, like including a permanent covered stage for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in our Prescott Park Masterplan or continuing my residential curbside compost pilot program that increased Mr. Fox's residential customer base by fifty percent. However, thanks to my leadership, the current City Council in pursuing my Renewable Energy Committee's framework to become a Net Zero Energy community and Portsmouth is leading New Hampshire as the first municipality to enact a citywide Styrofoam cup and container ban.

I will always champion your issues. Every election I bicycle door to door every weekend between Labor Day and Election Day to learn your concerns. All my efforts do not make headlines, like seeking an Ocean Road crosswalk to connect Maple Haven so all kids have access to the playground or resolving the idling trains in the Creek. I have knocked every voter's door in the outer three wards and am currently knocking doors in both Wards Two and Five. I apologize in advance if I do not knock your door this year, I am suspending my campaign the weekend prior to Election Day to reunite with my combat advisor team to attend the wedding of our Iraqi translator that I rescued.

I ask for your vote on November 5th so I can continue to lead with my forward thinking individual initiatives, champion issues you bring to my attention, and work with the entire City Council to keep Portsmouth vibrant.