I was born and raised here in Durango. My family has lived in the Durango area for several generations. I’ve had a long history here from the time I was just a kid. In the early ’80s, I was the Snowdown king one year. I was in the Boy Scouts.
Then I joined 4-H and got into raising, breeding and showing rabbits after catching my first rabbit in the 4-H catch-it contest during the La Plata County fair. I went on to winning the 4-H Grand Champion, Grand Champion of show and Grand Champion Meat Pen at the county fair for many years in a row. I have won many other Grand Champion awards at American Rabbit Breeders Association shows.
I grew up riding horses, hiking, fishing, hunting.
I’ve always been the type of person who likes working with his hands. I’ve worked many types of jobs during my time in Durango. I’ve worked in the electrical industry. I’ve also worked as a baker at several different jobs.
I first started baking at home with my mom when I was a little kid, then learned cake decorating. I’ve worked at many of Durango’s restaurants – I’ve cooked, waited tables, been a shift manager. Many of those same restaurants have since closed down.
I’ve also worked at some of the local gas stations and held different jobs at some local hotels. I’ve given jeep tours, too. I even worked for The Durango Herald, printing the paper when the press was in the basement of the building. At Chapman Hill, I worked for the city, running the rope tow.
These wide ranges of experiences provide me with a uniquely broad view of skills, experiences and knowledge of Durango, and its surrounding areas. I always look at everything from many different points of perspectives or views. There is always something new that I can learn.
I feel that with all I’ve learned, seen and done, this Council seat would allow me the chance to be able to give back to the community that I call home.