As an Eagle Scout, a former Army officer, and a former City Councilor, Josh is a proven leader that has always believed in public service.

He fell in love with Portsmouth as a UNH undergraduate, thought about the Port City often while he was in the Army, and moved here in 2007, upon returning from Baghdad where as a Captain he served as a combat adviser to an Iraqi infantry battalion.

While waiting tables downtown, Josh earned his Master of Public Administration from his alma mater in 2009 and then attended UNH Law to become an attorney when the Post-9/11 GI Bill went into effect. Upon graduating in 2012, he returned to waiting tables at Flatbread and successfully passed the bar exam.

After an unsuccessful bid for City Council in 2013, Josh joined the Sustainability Committee. In a huge upset, he went on to defeat popular incumbent Esther Kennedy by twelve votes in 2015. As a City Councilor, Josh championed numerous successful individual initiatives from creating the All Veterans Tax Credit to a curbside compost pilot program to conceiving, recruiting, and chairing our Renewable Energy Committee.

After his re-election in 2017, Josh led the adoption of Portsmouth's Renewable Energy Policy and a framework to help the City government, residents, and businesses all become a Net Zero Energy Community. He also continued his successful individual initiatives from doubling the Disabled Veterans Tax Credit to mandating composting on city property to passing New Hampshire's only citywide Styrofoam ban.

After being one of five City Councilors to lose reelection in 2019, Josh remained extremely active in Portsmouth. Last year, while the City Council was slow to allow outdoor dining, Josh led the community driven, socially distanced, outdoor performance venue that gave artists a stage and jobs to service industry workers. Josh recently became Commander of our local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post after it was suspended. Unlike neighboring posts that no longer exist, he brought it back to good standing, found it a new home, and led a number of new initiatives.

Josh rides his bicycle to his job where he serves as a lead Portsmouth Naval Shipyard negotiator with the unions. He can often be seen either walking his dogs downtown or letting them off leash at Haven or Goodwin Park. Josh has already begun going door to door on his bicycle asking for votes.