A Social Security cost-of-living adjustment could have a small but positive impact on retirement planning.
Occupation Insurance broker at USI Services
Personal Born in Norfolk; age 33; married to Rebecca; two children.
Experience First time seeking political office. Serves on Norfolk Environmental Commission, Norfolk Crime Line Board of Directors and Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation.
Education Bachelor's in history from the College of William & Mary, 2002; master's in public administration from Old Dominion University, 2004.
1. The commissioner's office is responsible for fairly assessing personal and business taxes in Norfolk, so my first responsibility is to ensure that everyone pays what they rightly owe. Second, I will also be a respectful and impartial arbiter for those who think a mistake has been made. In short, my job is not to pick sides but to see that the law and tax codes are fairly applied. Finally, I will support efforts to grow Norfolk's tax base by working with other elected officials to smooth the way for those who want to join us to build a better Norfolk.
2. When it comes to travel expenses, we have been short-changed in terms of transparency and candor. Unless someone can convince me otherwise, I don't think I will need to travel to California or Massachusetts to learn more about state and local tax codes and how to fairly apply them. As for tax relief for seniors and the disabled, that program would never have left my office had I been commissioner. When I take office, I will work for the program's return to ensure that those who rightly qualify for assistance will get it.
3. I've managed hundreds of people and been responsible for millions of dollars in assets. I've worked on the docks and in air- conditioned offices, and I know that all anyone wants - and deserves - is honesty and fairness. This election isn't about who claims to know more about what particular statute. Instead, it's about integrity and leadership, and a tradition of service that runs deep in my family.