KC City Council Primary Election is April 2, 2019
KC City Council Primary Election is April 2, 2019
Filled With Opportunity:
The Early Years
After moving from city to city because of his job, my father brought his wife and two children to Kansas City in the early 70’s. To this day he occasionally shares a story about how he had the chance to buy a swath of land that today is the busy corner of I-29 and Barry Road in the Northland. He didn’t buy the land so as stories go, while humorous, it is somewhat of a downer. I was born in 1975, the youngest of three, and grew up in the same house my father still lives in today. We were solidly middle class, not rich by any standard, but we never went without things or struggled, that’s for sure. All that was a result of my father taking one year of business college in the 1950’s and combining that with a strong work ethic and loyalty to a company that he would eventually become an executive at.
My mother passed away from Cancer on New Year’s Eve when I was eight. It was a very difficult time, especially for my father, but thankfully we had my sister Laura, who was in the process of graduating college at the time. Without regard for disrupting her future, she selflessly took on the role of mother to me and to my older brother, Scott. While the pictures to the side show an incredibly cute child (my story, my adjectives), to be honest, I was also quite a handful. On one hand I got almost straight A’s in school, but I would be argumentative and disruptive at times. This dichotomy between positive and negative attributes would definitely play a big part of my future, but we’ll get to that soon enough. As for my sister, not only did she see me all the way off to college, but when my father had health problems she turned her focus to caring for him, something she continues to this day. She is one of the most impressive, caring, and selfless persons I have ever known.
By the time I got to college, I was already on a path that had been set during my high school years, one that would have an incredibly profound effect on my life still to this day…
And the “Failure” It Brought
After years of wrestling with demons and being self-centered at the expense of others, I committed myself to do something that would have a positive impact on the city I have always called home.
I long had a desire to create a company from scratch that would bring jobs to Kansas City, and boost its stature as a hub for entrepreneurship.
I had a few concepts that utilized my skill and experience in instructional design and management, and over time I came to focus on one endeavor.
I built the system, began to market the service and got a lot of interest right away. This actually was a bad thing. You see, one of the primary rules of a startup is that in the end, having people show interest means little if they aren’t willing to actually spend their time and money using it.
Committing the common sin of equating interest with potential success, I poured more funds in and tapped my credit, certain that at least a few of the potential deals I was trying to sign would come to fruition. But they didn’t.
And with the same speed and energy that my dream of a great Kansas City company started, it was gone just like that. Leaving me to do the same thing that the great Walt Disney did after his first studio here in KC failed, I had to shut it down.
For the second time in my life I was facing major adversity of my own causing, and my future was again in doubt.
But this time was different. Yes, I wish I had done a better job at making that company successful, and at a minimum, recognize sooner that it wasn’t going to be. But at the same time, I did have a sense of pride that I “failed” trying to do something good.
And it is that feeling that led me to do some serious reflection as to what my role in the world could and should be. Where could I use my skills and abilities to really make a difference? What have I really had a passion for all this time that I would work tirelessly for….?
The Future: Progress for All
If there is one thing that encompasses all of my life, and the lives of all of us, it is the human ability to change. To evolve as people, to make improvements in the way we act and react, and to not settle for the status quo. My life has been a case study of challenges and the growth that comes from them. I firmly believe that for our city to achieve it’s full potential, we all must be open to change. If you believe that too, then I ask you to join me in this effort.
Together, we can make this the place we all deserve, and ensure that the future for you and your kids is one of opportunity, accountability, and progress for all.
But I Need You to Make This Happen.
As much as I want this campaign to be about ideals and the quest to create a more functional and responsive City Hall, I also have to be realistic that it will take money to get the word out and to give resources to those who want to volunteer on the campaign.
With that understanding, I ask for you to consider giving even just a little amount so that we can have a fighting chance against the powerful interests groups that want to keep the status quo in order to keep their candidates in office.
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