I’ve lived in Nashua since 1968. I am happily married to my wife Kathy who was born in Nashua. We have five children and eight grandchildren.
I served most of my four years in the U.S. Air Force as a medic at Travis Air Force Base in California. I worked in the Intensive Care Ward and took care of post-op and seriously injured patients including battle casualties from the Viet Nam conflict.
While on the Fire Department I served in the New Hampshire Legislature (1989-91) and was appointed by the governor to serve as a commissioner on the NH Public Employer Labor Relations Board where I ruled on employer/employee disputes as the labor representative of a tripartite board. I was also able to get my Bachelors Degree during that time. I later got a Masters Degree at UMass Lowell.
My worker advocacy experience is vast, starting with being a union officer of Local 789 of the Nashua Firefighters Association. After I retired from the fire service, I spent 7 years representing teachers, school secretaries, para-professionals, bus drivers, janitors, library workers, police officers and food service workers in New Hampshire and Maine with the American Federation of Teachers.
I became involved in community media by organizing and producing a public affairs radio show on WUML-FM called “Thinking Out Loud” in 1998. It still airs three hours a day, five days a week. Part of the mission was to give voice to Lowell’s large immigrant and refugee population and the third hour of the program has featured segments in Khmer, Laotian and Portuguese and Spanish.
I have spent my life standing up for working people. I would love to continue that work as Nashua’s Ward 5 State Representative.