I am an Eagle Scout. That process instilled in me valuable lessons that continue to guide me, including strong and disciplined work ethic, and dedication to our community, our nation, and our world. To become an Eagle Scout, one must follow the scout law and the scout oath (https://www.scouting.org/discover/faq/question10/), obtain a certain amount of merit badges, complete a community service project, and satisfy other requirements involving various aspects of our environment and our community. It is a diverse program that I am grateful to have participated in and honored to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Now, as a candidate for the 8th District, I find it especially rewarding that I was based in Sauganash and Edgebrook and had the opportunity to be an active participant in 8th District community starting at an early age.
The lessons I learned are lasting both from a practical perspective as well as figuratively. For example, one of the first knots we learned was the square knot. This is a versatile knot which is often used to connect two separate pieces of rope so they can be used for a common purpose, which would have otherwise been an impossible goal if the ropes were not joined.
While I don’t think I’ll ever have to tie any actual knots in Springfield, the overarching point is important to my candidacy: When working together, the impossible is made possible. I will work with all parties to come together and achieve solutions to our problems, meet our goals, and do so in the best manner that makes common sense to everyone, with common courtesy to all those involved — from colleagues, to staff, and voters.