Josh lives in the McLoughlin District in Oregon City with his wife and two young boys. A native Oregonian, Josh was born and raised in the Mid-Willamette Valley in a working class home; the son of a machinist and homemaker. Josh knows what it’s like to live on a tight family budget. Growing up, his family received food stamp (SNAP) benefits and free school lunches. Josh knows the value of hard work. He got his first job at the age of 11 delivering newspapers, and has been working hard to raise the bar ever since. He’s the first person in his family to graduate from high school. After high school, Josh enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State. Josh completed one overseas deployment on the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis. After his initial four-year active duty contract was up, Josh transitioned to a reservist so he could attend college full time. Josh attended Oregon State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance. Josh met his wife, an OSU alumna, at Oregon State University. After college, they moved to the Portland area. Josh has held a number of different corporate finance positions. He’s also been a nonprofit leader in the addiction recovery space. He’s currently working as a finance and accounting consultant. While working full time, Josh obtained his Masters of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance. Josh is also a Certified Management Accountant.
Josh loves Oregon. He enjoys the diverse topography; going to the coast or mountains. In the evening, you’ll find him on a family walk in his McLoughlin neighborhood. Josh likes taking his boys to Mike’s for an ice cream cone, to the park, the library, and riding the elevator to downtown. He also enjoys being able to walk to church. Josh is a dedicated gym goer, starting almost every day at the gym. He usually watches The Office or Parks and Rec while using the treadmill, before hitting the weights.
Josh believes in a government that works for the people, not one that looks to control people. He’s not so smart to think he knows what is right for all Oregonians, but thinks most people are smart enough to know what’s best for themselves. He doesn’t want the government choosing winners and losers and being involved in our daily lives so much. He’s tired of Democrats in Salem intruding more and more into the lives of Oregonians. He isn’t afraid of making tough decisions. He isn’t a politician. He’s a neighbor. He’s an Oregonian who loves his state and wants to leave it a better place for future generations.