I am a fine artist and writer. I have been in over thirty exhibitions throughout Missouri and Illinois. I also sell work online. I have also worked in sales of construction materials and international shipping of medical devices. I began working at the age of twelve as my grandfather's plasterers' apprentice.
In college, I studied Experimental Design in Psychology and did my thesis on Taste Perception. I have an MBA in Marketing with a specialty in Brand Equity.
My family are in construction and cattle farming. I attend the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City. I am a board member for Capital Arts in Jefferson City. I am also a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
I belong to several art organizations throughout Missouri. I am active in the Capital Shrine Club, and financially support the Shriner hospital in St Louis. I volunteer at Project Homeless, and have volunteered for Habit for Humanity over the years.
My political philosophy is based on Individual Sovereignty, Voluntaryism, and the Non-Aggression Principle. I have been active in the Libertarian Party since 1996.
I have worked on Presidential campaigns for Harry Browne in 2000, and Ron Paul in both 2008 and 2012. I have been a federal congressional candidate in 2010 and 2012 running as a Libertarian in Missouri. I have been the Cole County Libertarian Committeeman since 2016.
I have been a policy advocate for Industrial Hemp, Cannabis reform, mental health, and the death penalty.
What is LIFE?
As I have signed the NAP, I am pro -life and against the death penalty.
What is the NON-AGGRESSION PRINCIPLE?
"Libertarianism is based on a single ideal, the non-aggression principle, so libertarian rhetoric tends to be remarkably consistent. Libertarians oppose the initiation of force to achieve social or political goals. They reject “first-strike” force, fraud or theft against others; they only use force in self-defense. Those who violate this “non-aggression principle” are expected to make their victims whole as much as possible. This “Good Neighbor Policy” is what most of us were taught as children. We were told not to lie, cheat, steal, not to strike our playmates unless they hit us first. If we broke a friend’s toy, we were expected to replace it."-Mary Ruwart.
What is LIBERTY and HAPPINESS?
We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.
We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.
We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market. Statement of Principle, Dallas, 1974