I am a father, husband, and lawyer. I've been in the Philadelphia area my whole life and graduated from St. Joseph's University and Temple Law School. My wife, Angela, and I put down our roots in the 188th Legislative District over ten years ago, where we are raising our three sons (ages 6, 4, and 4 months).
For most of my childhood, my mom, Barbara, raised me and my sister as a single mother. She passed away five years ago after battling cancer. She was the single biggest influence in my life. My maternal grandfather worked his whole life at the local steel mill and my maternal grandmother was a secretary. They grew up during the depression and taught my mom the value of an iron constitution and strong work ethic.
My mom worked two jobs to make ends meet and eventually went back to get her college degree at night. These were hard years for her, but what we witnessed firsthand was my mom’s sheer grit to keep moving forward.
My mom's work ethic passed on to me and my sister. We both attended college on full academic scholarships, and I later graduated from Temple Law School in the top 5% of my class. I spent most of my career at the City of Philadelphia Law Department as a public servant. I now represent people who have been injured and fight to ensure they receive the legal, medical, and financial benefits to which they are entitled.
Like you, I have been watching in disbelief at the state of our government in Washington and elsewhere. I have watched our President and his allies in Harrisburg degrade every moral code and value that we hold dear. This is not my government -- and it's not yours -- we need to stand up and demand more.
We deserve a government that will represent everyone and not just the wealthy. We deserve a government that will protect our most vulnerable. We deserve a government that invests in our collective future by providing great public schools, quality and affordable healthcare, and job opportunities that pay a living wage. And we deserve a government that treats all people — without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, creed, or wealth — with respect and fairness.
I am running for office because I believe we can make this government a reality. I am asking for your help. Together I believe we can create a government that works for all of us.