Today I filed as a candidate for Round Rock City Council, Place 2.

No matter what your politics or who you vote for, you have to agree, our nation is not living up to its potential and promise. Our politics are broken, dysfunctional. What is broken in our nation’s public life can’t be fixed from the top down. It has to be fixed from the bottom up. It has to be fixed by regular people like you and me, engaging together in our community and being good neighbors.

“It was a warm June day, bright sunshine, when we rolled up to 1701 Rusty Nail Loop, and it felt like the first day of the rest of our lives. It was our first home. It was a tiny house, with a patch of grass in the back yard. Wendy did her makeover magic, and it was our castle. We didn’t know anyone, but three doors down, we met another young family with two boys the same age as our little girls. Later that fall, we walked Raegan to her first day of Kindergarten at Old Town Elementary. I was finishing graduate school, and I often went down to the library or to Saradora’s coffee shop to find a quiet place to concentrate. Soon, I found a job down at UT, and Wendy dropped me off at an HEB in Pflugerville to catch a bus down to Austin.”

That’s our story. But every day, new people move to Round Rock. No two stories are alike. We come with different backgrounds, for different reasons, at different stages in life. But when it comes down to it, whether your family has lived here for generations or whether you just dropped off the keys to the U-Haul, we all want the same basic things. We want safe neighborhoods, a comfortable home we can afford, strong schools, good jobs, and a sense of community that we can be proud of.

That’s why I’m running for Round Rock City Council: To ensure that every family who calls Round Rock home enjoys the quality of life we are famous for.

Round Rock’s population is set to double in the coming decades. We’re a part of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. We need to support our public safety professionals and make sure our first responders are trained for every situation, including mental health emergencies. We need to stay ahead of our growth when it comes to traffic, and seek innovative solutions to improve how we move around the city and throughout our region. We boast of being the sports capital of Texas, but Round Rock can also aspire to be an arts and cultural capital in our region and our state. And it is time for Round Rock to begin to join the fight against climate change.

Wendy and I moved here to raise a family. 16 years later, Raegan is in college, and Jordan is about to graduate from Stony Point High School. Wendy has become an entrepreneur, and now owns her own small business. I’m still riding a bus to that job down in Austin. And that family three doors down is still one of our closest friends. I’m so thankful for all the friends we have made and cherished over the past 16 years.

Now let’s get to work together to help write the next chapter in Round Rock’s history.