I fell in love with Portsmouth as a UNH undergraduate, thought about the city often while I was in the Army, and moved here upon returning from Baghdad where I served as a combat adviser to an Iraqi infantry battalion. I have always believed in public service, as a former City Councilor from 2016-2020, as President of the 501(c)(3) PopUp NH during the height of the pandemic's uncertainty in 2020, and now as the Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #168.
I lived our affordable housing crisis waiting tables while I earned my Master of Public Administration and again after using the GI Bill to graduate law school. Covid exacerbated our hot housing market that negatively impacts everyone on fixed incomes, aspiring first time home buyers, and our renting population. To help residents and businesses alike, the City Council should proactively change our zoning that encourages increasing housing stock and also support Portsmouth Housing Authority projects, like how I voted to support the nearly completed Court Street project.
Just like my previous campaigns, I have been bicycling door to door every weekend from Labor Day to Election Day to learn your priorities, from sound barriers to relocating the Pan Am Rail Yard. If elected, I would also keep pursuing my passion for climate change mitigation, by updating our Net Zero Energy policy's framework, restoring Electric Vehicle fast chargers to our Capital Improvement Plan, and in concert with codifying outdoor dining, push enforcement of our 2019 ordinance that requires businesses on public property compost.
I am very proud of my previous successful individual initiatives, from the $500 All Veterans Tax Credit, to doubling the Disabled Veterans Tax Credit, to conceiving, recruiting, and chairing our Renewable Energy Committee. Please vote for me on November 2 to restore competency and respect to our City Council.