Lower Allen Township is a special place to me. There's something in the air on a fall Friday night driving to a home Cedar Cliff football game. The whole neighborhood is there. It's a "home" game in more ways than one.
I grew up playing Lower Allen Baseball and West Shore soccer. Saturday mornings at Wert Field and the Community Park are my favorite memories. As I grew older, the community felt the same. These are the same fields where my father grew up playing baseball and where my grandparents helped build the Fun Fort.
I ran for Lower Allen Township Commissioner because I want future generations to have these same experiences that I did. I'm a third-generation Lower Allen Township resident. I'm invested in seeing our community continue to grow and welcome the next generation of little leaguers.
I've shared this goal my entire life, and I've been active in the community since I was a child. Community doesn't just mean being involved in local governments. I sought to be involved in other ways by volunteering. I led a cleanup project at my neighborhood park after it had been vandalized and volunteered regularly at Fredricksen Library and Bethany Village. I was proud to be awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award, but I was determined to do more. I decided that I would dedicate my life to public service, and I pursued a career in public policy to that end.
After graduating magna cum laude from Grove City College in three years, I moved to Washington to work in the 115th Congress. My proudest accomplishment is to be a part of the House Ways and Means Committee staff as major tax reform legislation from our committee became law. After the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I worked to serve our own Congressional district as a legislative staffer before becoming the Policy Director for a U.S. Senate candidate.
As I contemplated running for township commissioner, I thought about the issues facing our township and how I could contribute to their solutions. I'm confident that my experience in public policy will be beneficial to township residents, and I look forward to tackling them with the other commissioners.