Birth: Jan. 1, 1974, Greenville, Ill.
Spouse, children: Carissa; none
Occupation: Timber buyer
Employer: Timberline International Forest Products Inc.
Businesses owned by candidate or spouse, all or in part: Bloom
Public offices held: None
Past political campaigns and offices sought: None
Question 1: What is the most important issue facing the 158th District?
Answer: The economy.
Question 2: What in your background or education makes you qualified for this office?
Answer: As a Naval Academy Graduate and a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve, I've been trained in leadership and given many opportunities to demonstrate that training. Most recently, I was recalled to active duty to serve with the Army Corps of Engineers in Baghdad, where I administered a $530 million reconstruction account.
My civilian job also requires me to be able to interact and deal with people from all walks of life. We have a diverse producer and customer base, both local and international.
Question 3: Why are you better qualified than your opponent?
Answer: Serving in the military in a war zone has given me a unique perspective. Coupled with my international business experience and responsibilities, I feel I have been well prepared to serve this community.
Question 4: In 2005, lawmakers voted to restrict eligibility for Medicaid as a cost-cutting measure, resulting in 100,000 removed from the Medicaid rolls. The state currently has a surplus. Should eligibility be restored to its previous level or any other steps taken to expand health coverage to more Missourians?
Answer: I'm not convinced the state needs to restore eligibility to its previous levels. There are many studies looking at the state's role in health coverage. The system is broken and we need to take a hard look at all our options and be proactive in the process to ensure a fair and equitable outcome.
Question 5: Do you support using state resources to allow parents to choose to send their child to any school, public or private?
Answer: We must give our children a great education; when we fail at that, we are failing terribly. I support doing everything we can to ensure that our children succeed: compensating our teachers, keeping schools accountable, creating options for families in failing schools, building new and different schools for children with special needs like autism. We should shut down state government if we don't educate our children -- it's a No. 1 priority.