About me

I am a Navy veteran, businessman and father of 2 boys who attend Duval public schools. I have a BA from Duke and an MBA from the University of Chicago. My wife and I have lived in the Intracoastal West area for nearly 12 years, during which time I’ve served on the First Coast Manufacturers Association board, the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board, and the boards of a few local and international companies. But with 10 and 12 year old boys like mine, the majority of my spare time is spent at school events, Patton Park soccer fields and Beaches basketball courts.


Endorsed by the Florida Times-Union, JAXBIZ, the Manufacturers (FCMA), the Builders (NEFBA, ABC), the Realtors (NEFAR), the Teachers (DTU), Florida Senator Aaron Bean, Florida Rep Cord Byrd, Jacksonville City Councilmen Aaron Bowman and Bill Gulliford, Beaches Mayors Charlie Latham and Elaine Brown and Neptune Beach Vice Mayor Scott Wiley.

Having run businesses in Northeast Florida, I recognize the importance of our public school system in attracting companies and families to Duval County. I know from my kids’ experiences at Chets Creek, Jax Beach and Julia Landon that we have an amazing group of teachers and staff within DCPS. We also have an unprecedented opportunity – following quick state and federal legislative responses to the Parkland shooting – to fund and implement constructive improvements to security within our schools. But all of this is clouded by continued budget and spending challenges and past breakdowns in the relationship between the School Board and the Superintendent.

If elected, I plan to focus on 3 priorities – School Safety, Educational Achievement, and Fiscal Responsibility. I have no doubt that Duval County Public Schools are on the right trajectory, and that, with a clear focus on priorities such as these, we can accelerate our journey to becoming the top performing – and safest – large municipal school district in the country.

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