I have strong Irish working-class roots and have always been deeply involved in community organizing and community-building efforts. I moved to Alaska in 1997 from Burlington, Vermont to work with Tribal Governments in Northwest Alaska. In 2001, I moved to the valley where I have continued to work for Alaska Native tribes, am employed at the Mat-Su Regional Urgent Care Center, and have served in a number of public service capacities. I chose to step up and run for office for District 10 because of my belief that it’s time for ordinary people to step up and work for Alaskans. The legislature has been stuck for too long because of the influence of special interests. All of us are in this together -- it’s about us as Alaskans. It’s about our children and our grandchildren and the kind of community, state, and planet we leave them. We need to work together as Alaskans to make our state function like it should. Not interested in partisan politics, I aim to advance real discussions.