I am a veteran, a husband, a father, and a grandfather. I hail from St. Charles, Missouri, and first came to Boone County for school at Mizzou in 1977. I played music, taught philosophy, tended a vineyard, and drove delivery trucks to pay the bills. I am a Pro-Choice gun owner who supports "Red Flag" laws and universal background checks. I believe in public non-sectarian schools, local school boards, and county boards of health. I believe in health care for all of us, I believe in labor unions, I believe in sustainable agriculture, and I believe in our diversity as moral equals in a Republic. I still believe in the Four Freedoms: Of Speech, Of Worship, From Fear, From Want.