I grew up in a small community that was carefully planned all the way back in the 1800s. Anaconda, Montana, home of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, the world’s largest copper smelting refinery, began operation clear back in 1881. For the next 100 years it contributed a large piece of revenue to the Montana economy.
My strongest influence growing up was the working-class values of the highly-skilled tradesmen who worked there. These men and their “blood, sweat and tears” that built the state economy instilled in me a strong work ethic and set of family values.
In 1980, after the Anaconda Company decided to begin smelting in Chile, the Chilean government seized their operations, causing them to lose two thirds of their copper production revenue. The wealth from the Chilean operation had been keeping the Anaconda Company solvent; when that ceased, the refinery had to be shut down. When I graduated from high school, I was among the first generation of graduates who could not find work with “The Company,” as the locals affectionately called it.
After graduating high school, I took the next step in life and worked in the hotel and restaurant industry for several years while attending the University of Montana. Upon graduation, I went to work for a software company as an Implementation Specialist.
In 1993, I moved to Texas and worked at Eanes ISD before moving to Killeen, Texas. I then worked as a Campus Technologist at Marlboro ES, Haynes ES, Harker Heights HS, Timber Ridge ES, and now at my current position at Ira Cross ES as the Campus Technology Support Specialist. The original Marlboro and Haynes districts have been repurposed and now Ira Cross serves the population of elementary school children that attended these schools. It is my pleasure to return back to the neighborhood where I began my Killeen career.
My wife Robin and I have been married 30 years. We have one son, Terrence, who graduated from Ellison High School and recently earned his masters degree from the University of North Texas. He and his wife Aimee are both members of the Texas National Guard.
My greatest pleasures in life are teaching and serving the community. I challenge myself, other adults and all children to learn something new every day. I believe that the best gifts you can give yourself and a child are the gifts of reading and thinking critically.
My own experience growing up in a “one-horse town” like Anaconda has taught me the need to diversify our local economy. While Killeen’s economy owes much of its sustained growth to Fort Hood, I believe we need to grow the civilian side of our economy to balance our financial livelihood.
My record as a council member reflects my passion for responsibly growing and managing our resources. I was elected City of Killeen, District 3 council member in 2011 until May 2015. I have worked on following boards and committees:
- Downtown Partnership Committee, City of Killeen
- City Manager Contract Negotiation Committee
- Hill Country Transit Authority, Central Texas Council of Governments
- Place Design Committee, Killeen Chamber of Commerce
- Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Vice Chair
- Airport Expansion Committee, City of Killeen
- Transportation Committee, City of Killeen
- Sign Ordinance Committee, City of Killeen
- Special Events Committee, City of Killeen
- City of Killeen Employee Benefits Trust, Secretary
- Site-Based Decision Making Committee, Haynes, Marlboro, and Timber Ridge
I want people to move to Killeen and settle here; I want their grandkids to have incentive to come back here and live. We can attract this kind of city growth by creating a planned community with a solid infrastructure that is paid for as it grows.