Substitute teacher and Hermiston City Councilor
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I moved to Hermiston in the summer of 2015 right after college. My family is originally from Weiser, Idaho, but due to the recession, they found new opportunity in Hermiston. Being the oldest of five, I wanted to be with my younger siblings and help my family succeed.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
Tough question! I'd have to say a tie between Ruty's and Rio Express.
What do you like to do your spare time?
Anything sports or politics! I'm currently part of the HHS Baseball Program, and love coaching those young men.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
We're the biggest little city in Eastern Oregon, and still are continuing to grow! The vast amount of opportunities in this area continue to expand, and I'm happy to see the direction we're going in.
What was the last book you read?
Recently re-read "The Clash of Civilizations" by Samuel P. Huntington. Wanting to read "Becoming" by Michelle Obama, though. I'm a nonfiction reader.
What app or website do you use most?
Either Instagram or my News app.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Another tough question! I love to travel and see different ways of life. But probably Japan. I'm a huge anime fan and admire their culture.
What is the funniest thing that's happened to you?
When I was a freshman at Xavier, me and a guy in my hall challenged each other to an eat-off. Fifteen minutes: Eat everything off the McDonald's $1 menu (including drinks). Everyone in our hall was there cheering both sides on. It was a wild finish and the inevitable happened. Needless to say, we became great friends after that.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
So many things to look forward to this year: council goals, baseball program goals, life goals, etc. But I would say my biggest goal is to enjoy life more. 2018 was a tough year, but the adversity made me grow and realize that I need to enjoy the little things more.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being elected as YOUR City Councilor.