A Colorado Story

I’m a Colorado native, born and raised in the small town of Hygiene near Lyons. Growing up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I learned to cherish our natural resources and spent a lot of time outdoors hiking, fishing and exploring. From an early age, my dad taught me the value of hard work as we worked side by side doing construction for his company, and my mom taught me the value of education, as she was one of the first women to earn a chemical engineering masters degree in Montana. I attended St. Vrain Public Schools and eventually went on to earn a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I spent the next three years in Breckenridge where I snowboarded competitively and graduated from the Colorado State Fire Fighter Academy.

DSC_8790Eventually, after being inspired to service by my time as a volunteer firefighter, I decided to pursue a less dangerous career than snowboarding and attended medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed my residency in emergency medicine in 2009. During that time, I married my incredible wife Alisa who now works as a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital. We live in East Denver with our two children, Nayarit and Enzo and our two black labs, Santi and Carlos.

I’m passionate about Colorado and its people and I believe that we can make the Centennial state a place where hard work is rewarded and everyone has a fair shot at success. My work as an emergency physician puts me on the front lines of the challenges in our society as I work in rural critical access hospitals in some of Colorado’s most beautiful but medically underserved communities. I’ve seen how breakdowns in community, education, local jobs and drug policy create cycles of poverty and desperation that we need to break. We want to live in a state where every child has access to a good education, every senior looks forward to a retirement that they can rely on and where our jobs are secure and expand the middle class. I will work every day as your senator with that in mind, and you can count on me to introduce and vote on legislation with these principles as my goal.

I’m excited to work with community leaders around Senate District 31 to find more elegant solutions to the issues that face us in a changing economy and to continue the incredible work done by our deservedly beloved Senator Pat Steadman. Pat vacates very large shoes to fill, and I promise to do all that I can to grow the legacy that he’s built and expand opportunity for all Coloradans.