Something Different May Be Better
As the November 6th date looms closer, many are starting to contemplate for whom they will vote. Many of my conservative counterparts feel particularly pained due to my involvement as a Republican nominee for County Council-At-Large.
The elephant in the room (pun intended) remains my appearance. Over the past two years of campaigning, I have learned that many, especially the older generation, find a Harley Davidson riding, full-sleeved tattooed, bearded guy with an unconventional haircut, well…isn’t the conventional pick to sit on the dais of our county government.
One thing I’ll never do is lie to you, and so the truth is that the looks and the whispers have bothered me at times. I know full well that the reality of life is that we judge books by their covers every day. Still, it is frustrating that people won’t take the time to learn about the character within because the cover is a little frayed.
This isn’t anything new. The generational gap, and the misunderstanding that comes with it, repeats itself continuously. I am, by no means, unique in my plight to try and convince my forbearers to give me a chance even though I don’t seem to fit the mold they had in mind. I get it.
Still, I must ask, how well has that mold treated Frederick County?
I love Frederick. To be frank, the only thing I don’t like about it is that we have allowed our county government to become infiltrated with private, petty personal wars that have done nothing to move our county forward. In fact, I think it has done the opposite, it has hindered us.
The visceral discord that occupies Winchester Hall is not reflective to a community that served as a “hospital town” during the Civil War and is home to over 900 non-profits.
We embrace teamwork and collaboration to solve problems. Now, it’s time our government did the same. I want to be part of the team that chooses to change that culture.
I have led under duress in a myriad of conditions: combat, emergency response, and the boardroom. I’ve gone from homeless and eating out of trash cans to founding Soldierfit, one of the fastest growing companies in America.
I founded and helped to establish a thriving non-profit to combat veteran suicide. I’ve received awards for my leadership in every undertaking: Army, Fire Department, business community, and non-profit sector.
Some say I have a proven track record of success. I say I have a proven track record of teamwork. With all the challenges facing Frederick, teamwork is what we need now more than anything.
Nothing I have ever done did I do alone. Many in politics will say what they will accomplish. I’ve learned that I accomplish nothing by myself, but together we can achieve anything!
The demands of our future are too great to elect people who wish to divide us. It is time to elect people who put an end to the division by refusing to be a divider. That is my pledge to you.
I know that I look different. I know I may not be what you had in mind when you dreamed up a nominee. Just remember, many of your parents didn’t like Elvis when he showed up either. He was too risqué, too different.
In the end though, he changed the way music was performed and by the time he was done, we realized that sometimes different is just what we needed.