On Wednesday, October 11th, we had a Meet the Candidates Night at the city building. Each candidate was given 10 minutes to share their ideas openly. For anyone who was not able to attend, here was my 10 minutes.
From the time I was 15 I lived with my grandparents on a small farm in Snowflake, AZ. It was there I learned to love small communities and the important role they play in raising a family, and in teaching principles of hard work, tenacity, and to just dig in and get things done. My grandpa, Glen Stratton, always told me that if you see something that needs to be done, don’t wait to be asked, “just do it”. I don’t know if he took this from Nike, or if they took it from him, but it made a lasting impression on me.
I have taken that motto “just do it” and have tried to apply it in all areas of life: personal, educational, religious and professional. There are three types of people on the earth: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, "what the hell happened". I try to live by the first.
At the age of 20 I served a two year religious mission to Cape Town, South Africa for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have to admit that serving a cause much greater than I was, was one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned to get out of my own way and put the interest of others before my own.
In my professional career I have worked for two Inc. 500 companies and held ownership in the largest property management company in Arizona. Inherent with that ownership, came riding the largest rise and fall of our economy, but it was through it all that I came to love and appreciate entrepreneurship and small business. I currently work for Liberty Safe and enjoy the people I work with and the responsibilities I have.
I am a Constitutional Conservative and have studied intensively books such as The Five Thousand Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen, The Law by Frédéric Bastiat, The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Taft Benson and of course The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights; to name a few.
I have lived in Mona, UT for four years with my wife, Jessica, and our two children Caleb and Shaylee.