I’m running to be your DNC committeeman because Democrats are the best chance we have to rebuild a just society, but we’re missing key opportunities to forge resilient coalitions. The Democratic Party is a strong organization, but it needs to do a better job of welcoming new and excited voters. I believe that we need moderate and progressive voters to win, and I enjoy being the voice that brings these groups together. As DNC committeeman, I will focus my time on a few key areas:
- Ensuring that Democrats remain the party of free and fair elections through internal rules and advocacy for vote by mail and other common-sense reforms
- Fundraising and building relationships to support party infrastructure
- Acknowledging party weaknesses and consulting diverse opinions to rectify them
- Strengthening opportunities to participate for traditionally underrepresented groups of voters, including rural voters, minorities and young people
I grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Utah in 2009, and worked in the outdoor industry for a number of years while exploring Utah’s open spaces as a skier, runner and biker. I completed undergraduate degrees at SLCC and the University of Utah; it was during this time that I became interested in politics and public service.
I volunteered for my first campaign in 2015, and later worked as a policy researcher for Mike Weinholtz’s gubernatorial race in 2016. While finishing my bachelor’s degree at the U, I had the opportunity to work closely with one of our Democratic senators on a documentary project and interned for the Utah Democratic party.
The party internship was a great experience and I enjoyed working with staff and volunteers to ensure that events were accessible and inclusive, that we had candidates to run for each seat, and that we had prospects to contact for fundraising. But the organization lacked the capacity to respond to a difficult situation that arose, and I felt powerless in my role to offer any meaningful solutions. I resigned from my position as I concluded that was the most powerful statement I could make, and vowed that I would stay involved and work towards a resolution.
In 2017 and 2018, I was hired to work on Jenny Wilson’s US Senate campaign and enjoyed traveling the state, learning about issues that were important to Utahns outside of Salt Lake County. I also helped get the Better Boundaries redistricting initiative over the line, and credit these experiences as the motivation for my decision to pursue a master’s degree in public policy.
While studying at Brown University, I was fortunate to work and develop relationships with DNC leaders, members of congress and others influential in New England political circles. I look forward to leveraging these connections as committeeman. I had the opportunity to represent my peers on a handful of committees and worked as a consultant for a national nonprofit, Generation Citizen, focused on promoting equitable civics education. One of my proudest accomplishments is laying the groundwork for HB 334, a bill passed in 2020 that will lead to better civics education in Utah schools and a more informed electorate.
I moved back to Utah as soon as I finished my degree, and helped Erin Mendenhall develop some of her signature proposals in her successful SLC mayoral campaign. As an outdoor enthusiast, I’ve always been passionate about environmental issues, and channeled my energy into building a career that aligned with my values but that presented a real window towards positive change in conservative states like Utah.
I’m excited about my work for Interwest Energy Alliance, a trade association comprised of utility-scale renewable energy companies with representation from a number of environmental nonprofit groups. On a daily basis I engage with industry executives, elected officials and environmental advocates to develop consensus around complex regulatory and legislative strategies, and I enjoy opportunities to present to legislators and regulators (42:30). The economic benefits of renewable energy are winning in the marketplace, and the industry has the potential to be a catalyst for rural communities losing fossil fuel jobs.
I live in Sugar House with my wife Jackie, a student at the U’s SJ Quinney College of Law with a background in government and campaign work. I serve on the Salt Lake County Open Space Trust Committee, SLCC’s Alumni Leadership Council, and the Jordan River Foundation board, and volunteer for the UDP’s fundraising and recruitment committees. During the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve volunteered for Salt Lake Valley Mutual Aid, and encourage those with the resources to donate time or money as well.
I’m thrilled at the possibility to serve Utah Democrats, and welcome your questions or comments. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (603) 724-3266.