I am proud of the work I’ve done to deliver for the communities I’ve served, and I hope to continue that work for the people of Springfield.

As a Contra Costa Centre MAC Councilor, I was responsible for economic development, public safety, zoning and appeals, parks and recreation, housing development, and transportation infrastructure.  While on the Council, I worked to promote small business growth, as well as various incentives to expand affordable childcare and environmentally-friendly transportation.  I also fought to protect local green spaces, wildlife, and other natural resources against unnecessary encroachment by a gas company that prioritized profit over people’s health and safety.

During my tenure as the Chairman of the Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board, I helped oversee and develop various reforms and projects focused on improving behavioral health for the county’s 1.1 million residents, including combatting the prescription drug and opioid crisis; advancing drug abuse prevention, treatment, and coordinated re-entry services; and a massive expansion of mental health services throughout the county.  Working alongside several countywide coalitions, I helped reduce homelessness by over 30%; strengthen housing and homelessness services; oversee mental health stigma and discrimination reduction initiatives; and establish new systems of care to address a holistic perspective on behavioral health.

While a member of the Longmeadow Energy and Sustainability Committee, I worked to develop the Committee’s five-year plan to promote sustainable energy production, consumption, and climate resiliency; advance municipal projects that will save the town millions of dollars; promote state-level legislation to address climate change, such as carbon pricing and rebates; and pass a common-sense ban on single-use plastic and styrofoam, introducing the amendment to protect the needs of neurodivergent and differently-abled residents.

As a Conservation Commissioner in Longmeadow, I worked to preserve protected lands and natural resources, and helped develop the first update to municipal bylaws in three decades, protecting more wetlands and conservation area than ever before.