Over the past 15 years, I have proudly served our country as a United States Marine, both on active duty and in the reserves. I had the privilege to fight alongside our nation's most elite men and women. During my service, I trained and advised foreign militaries including Afghanistan, Australia, Britain, Iraq, Jordan, South Korea and Thailand. My combat experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as operations around the globe, have shaped my values and my ability to lead. In 1968, my wife Kelly's parents became the first residents of Westwood in Rancho Bernardo. Kelly was born and raised in Westwood. Now, Kelly and I are raising our four children here. While I served in the Marines Corps, this community watched over my family. During the 2007 fires, our friends and neighbors made sure my family was safe while I was deployed. Whenever my family needed support, there was always someone that stepped up to provide a helping hand and I am forever grateful for their friendship and support. Now, this is my opportunity to give back to my community and serve our City. As a Marine, I have been tested, overcoming immense adversity and hardships. As a City Councilman, I will use my experience and leadership to make a positive difference in the everyday lives of San Diegans. Please join my campaign, and together, we will keep San Diego America's Finest City.