I am committed to restoring accountability for crime and providing judicial change in Jefferson County. I will administer consistent and balanced justice—with compassion and regard for the welfare of everyone.
WHY I'M running for judge
I became an attorney because I wanted to make a difference in people's lives. I decided early in my career that I wanted to serve the public as a prosecutor. One of the most important parts about being a prosecutor, is knowing when to show a defendant mercy and when to fight to protect the public from a real threat.
My understanding of that balance is something that I will take to the bench with me. I have looked into the eyes of the mothers of murder victims as they wept for their dead sons and daughters. I have held the hands of permanently crippled victims of violent assault. Their faces are rarely present at arraignment court where the killers' bonds are set by a judge that has never dealt with crime from the victims' perspective. I believe it is time to hold the establishment candidate accountable and make a change for the sake of everyone that lives in Jefferson County!
Accountability and Change isn't just a political slogan - it is a summary of exactly what I intend to deliver for the people of Jefferson County. For too long the same old names have remained unchallenged and unaccountable - believing they are entitled to their positions because of their names and connections. Names and connections do not qualify anyone for the offices they hold - all they do is insulate them from the consequences of the terrible decisions that they make. The murderers they release on Home Incarceration don't live in their neighborhoods!
Being a fair an impartial judge requires that judge to consider every decisions' impact on the entire community. I will be that fair and impartial judge.
I served as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Army for 5 years. After getting out of the Army, I drove a concrete truck to support my family while I was going to college. I graduated magna cum laude from California State University and from Pepperdine University School of Law.
After I was admitted to the bar in California, I practiced personal injury and business law for two years before making my family's home in Kentucky and becoming a prosecutor at the Office of the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney in January 2013, where I served for four years. There, I prosecuted hundreds of felony cases and took nineteen cases to trial.
I served as the office’s Animal Cruelty Liaison, working to hold accountable those that committed unspeakable acts of animal cruelty and torture. Also, as a member of the Fatal Accident Support Team (FAST), I fought for justice for the victims of felony DUI assaults and homicides.
I returned to private practice for most of 2017 but in December I was called back to public service as a prosecutor once again. Currently, I serve as an Assistant to Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Alvey, fighting for justice for victims of crime for our neighbors in Bullitt County.
My wife, Stephanie, and I met in the 8th grade and have been married for 21 years. Together, we have built a life based on love, family and teamwork. We are parents of seven children—Madison, Bridget, Evan, Olivia, Sydney, Jude and Ava. We live in South Louisville.