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Compelled to Contribute: Free Work

I recently distributed a flyer with the art pictured below. It was something I created when I was 17 as the Student Council President at Arlington High School. It feels like ages ago but many of the elements captured on it are still very relevant to who I am as a person and the values I stand for. Little did I know that my passion to help the community would be a life long one.

I have worked in a variety of professions, but I always come back to what my wife calls “free work”. No matter what

paths I embark on, I am compelled to contribute to a greater good – my civil duty as a human for my family, friends, and community. The late Paul Wellstone, whom I admire, once said “we all do better when we all do better”. It perfectly encompasses my purpose for pursuing the Maplewood City Council.

I have been fortunate in my life; I have capable hands, an imaginative mind, and most importantly, and open heart. I want to work with people. I value differences in perspective. And I want to get work done. I believe there is commonality in everyone’s core values – the values that drive our decisions.

If given the opportunity, I want to work the residents and businesses within Maplewood to ensure the city continues to flourish in the years to come – to make Maplewood a model city where people want to live, work, and play - but I want to put people before politics, to do what is right, not what is easy.

I hope to earn your support at the polls tomorrow to bring my vision to fruition.

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