Campaigning is a challenging journey, and my wife and I have faced some tough moments. But I want to take a moment to address something that's been on my mind. It's when our integrity, faith and values are questioned, especially by those who we've considered friends.
First and foremost, I want to clarify my political stance. Some said I should step down because they fear I'll split the vote. Let me be clear: I am not running as a Republican because of any political strategy. I've been a proud conservative Republican since 1982, long before this campaign. That's why I'm running — to represent those values that have guided me for years.
I've also been asked why I'm running. The answer is simple: I believe in Conservatism in Action. I've been listening to the people of this community and taking your concerns seriously. As your City Council President, I've seen firsthand that leadership through partnership is not getting done. That's why I'm stepping up.
There have been attacks on my faith. Let me be clear, I became a born-again Christian at the age of 14, and my faith has always been a core part of who I am. If you know me as a person, you'd know that questioning my faith is unfounded.
It's been suggested that my team and I are behind the disappearance of signs and anonymous posts. My team and I categorically deny any involvement in that. I will not stand for that type of unethical behavior.
If you compare me and Jason, you'll see that I am a staunch conservative, committed to Conservatism in Action. My actions as your City Council President and your Fire Commissioner reflect my dedication to this community.
I stand for CONSERVATISM IN ACTION, where growth pays for growth, where public safety is a priority, and where economic development benefits all.