I’m a lifelong resident of South Pierce County and a Bethel High School graduate. My wife and I have raised a daughter, also in the Bethel School District, who graduated from Graham-Kapowsin High. Other than my four college years, my life has been this district – from Sumner to Shelton.
My father spent the second half of his career also working for the family refuse business. But when I was growing up, he was an art teacher at Bethel Junior High. As a teacher’s kid, improving education and specifically alternative educational options for students is one of my legislative priorities. I am talking about alternatives that we’ve systematically removed – vocational training and the arts. And I’m talking about listening to our teachers and lessening our reliance on standardized testing models.
While dad was teaching, my mom served as a registered nurse at Good Sam in Puyallup. She later retired as a nurse for the Pierce County Health Department. Her service has fueled my passion to find ways for improving access to healthcare (for those most vulnerable, to be sure, but also for everyone in general), and to address the issues of substance abuse and mental health we face today.
I might be the only candidate in this race who has experience in all three of the counties this district encompasses. My ties and understanding of this district grew out of our family-owned garbage and recycling business, Harold LeMay Enterprises. From the time I was 13 years old, tent camping in Mason county while working on a clean-up crew for the old Shelton landfill, to mitigating areas around transfer stations in Thurston County, to delivering recycling bins during hot summers throughout Pierce County, I’ve seen the entire district, and helped with infrastructure in rural areas on the most basic levels.
As a lifelong hiker, fisherman and sometimes waterfowl hunter, I have a deep appreciation for the role the natural environment plays in our district – and that includes JBLM and the Reservations. We have concerns about water, forest management, fisheries management and farming that are uniquely ours in District 10, and that rely on and require strong Federal representation to maintain and expand upon.
I was the founding director of LeMay -- America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, and I helped play a leading role for the Marymount Collection and Event Center in Spanaway. I’m especially proud of my work with America’s Car Museum because we literally started that project from scratch – a non-profit small business with very little money and 12 cars. By the time I was finished the museum had a solid location and a construction plan, and it is now one of the most successful car museums in the world and one of Pierce County’s largest tourist attractions. Three years ago, I also started an environmentally-friendly, car-care cleaning company that was growing via trade shows and online. The pandemic hit the museums and our new little family business like it’s hit so many of our neighbors - hard. The economic recovery for our citizens, their workplaces, and all small businesses and non-profits will be particularly dear to me as we figure out how shape our new economy for 2021 and beyond.
These are the attributes that have made and continue to make me who I am. These are the characteristics that will help me provide a strong voice in Washington, D.C., for the 10th District. This may be my first foray as a professional politician, but I believe you can see that I’ve been preparing to represent you for my entire life.