Part One: Long Bio
Hometown: Forest Grove, Oregon
Birthday: July 19
Bio: I've spent most of my career since my graduation from Whitman College in Walla Walla in 1996 with a degree in politics working as a journalist for weekly and daily newspapers in Oregon, California and for the past 10 years, Washington. I've also worked on a organic flower farm, as a library truck driver, a cashier at Target and as a paralegal intern. I am the fourth-generation on both sides of my family to live in the Seattle area. My first job ever was picking strawberries. In my so-called spare time, I enjoy working out, traveling, playing fantasy football and baseball and watching almost any sport. Most of all, I love spending time with my wife and dog, Cinnamon.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
I usually vote for democrats but have voted for republicans on occasion. I cast my first vote for president for now-California governor-elect Jerry Brown in 1992. While people may generally align or define themselves as liberal and conservative, I believe that most people are often not ideologically consistent. Like many people, I find within my own family and friends there are people all over the political map and can appreciate different points of view. That said, I believe in sticking to the facts in political discourse.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious)
I joined a church in Seattle's University District, the University United Church of Christ a couple years ago and am active in the young adult group there. I would say I am more of a student of religion than a devout believer.
Local Hot-Button Issues
I think the big issues here like many places are transportation, education, the environment and immigration. It's a balancing act I believe. I think race relations have improved a lot in recent decades but it's important we don't take that for granted.