Friends of Sutherland
P.O. Box 1311
Monroe, WA 98272
Email: [email protected]
Before our marriage, we were both single parents, each raising our kids alone. (Me, an 18-month-old baby boy. She, a baby boy and a young girl.) Yes, she almost always works twice as hard as I do. We met at daycare, later married, and then had our fourth child, a baby girl.
After graduating high school at 17 years of age, I volunteered to serve in the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic (F-4 Phantom fighter jets). I was proud to receive two awards and later an honorable discharge. Afterward, I earned a degree in Biochemistry from Gonzaga University and I spent my career researching DNA and developing cancer therapies here in the Puget Sound area.
Over the years, my wife and I have enjoyed an active life of giving back. I was an Officer in a 501(c)(3) charity that awarded grants to students studying Scottish music, dance, and language. I’ve raised money for Children’s Hospital in Seattle and coached basketball at the Boys & Girls Club. My wife volunteered as a leader in the Snohomish County 4H Equine program for several years, where our youngest daughter helped to teach younger girls how to ride and properly take care of horses.
As a husband, father, biochemist, veteran, and Christian, I’ve learned that being honest and speaking the truth is the best way to live one’s life and get things done. Not by endless arguments, debates, and dirty politics. And I’ve realized over the years that people yearn for better political representation; they want someone who is not a professional career politician, who is not afraid to speak openly about the problems we face, and the potential solutions needed to solve them. They want someone who will speak honestly and without fear, which is what I have attempted to do since being elected, and especially during these tumultuous times we’ve all faced dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.