My family loves the wonderful recreational opportunities in Bend. I take my three young kids to school and back on an electric-assisted cargo bike whenever possible—it's my kids' favorite way to get around town. But for too many people, a car is the only safe and convenient way to get around. And as Bend grows, traffic is getting worse and parking is harder to find.
We can do more to connect people to where they want to go. Many of our trails stop just short of important destinations, missing connections in some cases by a mere 80 yards.
Your campaign contribution will help me ensure that the Bend Parks and Recreation District focuses on meeting the needs of its growing community.
Surveys show that trails are the single most important park facility in Bend, yet our trail system is missing critical connectors and doesn’t serve key destinations. Better trails mean a safer, healthier, and more fun Bend.
Prioritizing trails will also ease congestion and make more parking available for those who need to drive. Reducing car dependency means less pollution and fewer greenhouse gases, and it’s easier on the wallet, too. Trail maintenance is only about 7% of the park district’s maintenance budget. Let's build a trail network that goes where you want to go!
Trust and Accountability:
As a member of the budget committee, I have advocated for spending funds on projects with a clear public benefit. This means taking care of what we have as well as planning for the future.
If elected, I will judge projects by how well they serve the community. This may require adjusting the level of service targets to ensure that the district’s goals are in alignment with community needs. I support changes in SDC methodology that will make it easier to build affordable homes.
Everyone in Bend should have a fair opportunity to enjoy our parks, trails, and recreation programs. This requires assessing needs and prioritizing support. For many, transportation is a fundamental barrier that prevents people from enjoying park services. Building and maintaining a better-connected trail network will help.
As a soccer coach, it broke my heart to turn away families because the registration deadline closed three months before. I will promote awareness and more accommodating deadlines where possible. I also support making the needs-based assistance program more accessible. No resident should be turned away from enjoying park services because they can’t afford it.
Being a parent is one of the most important jobs that I have. My family recently honored me (possibly in recognition of my dad jokes) with a coffee mug that reads, “World’s Better Than Average Dad.” I'm grateful to know that they think I'm on the right track!
I enjoy volunteering in the community. Currently, I serve as:
Bend Parks and Recreation budget committee member
City of Bend Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee member
Bend Bikes board president
Bear Creek Elementary School PTO volunteer
Previously, I was a site council member at Bear Creek Elementary School and a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon Latino Mentor Program.
PhD, Political Science, Stanford University
MA, International Relations and International Economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
BA, Politics, UC Santa Cruz