Currently: Communications Director, Libertarian Party of Clark County (Apr 2012 - Present)
Previously: Vice-Chairman, Libertarian Party of Floyd County (Apr 2007 - Apr 2012)
Treasurer, Libertarian Party of Floyd County (May 2004 - Apr 2007)
Notary Public, State of Indiana (commissioned by Indiana Governor Mike Pence Feb. 24, 2016 to 1st term, to run through February 25, 2024)
(Libertarian Party candidate unless noted)
2004: Floyd County Council-at-Large
2006: Floyd County Sheriff
2007: New Albany City Council, District 3
2011: New Albany Mayor
2016: American Marijuana Party U.S. Presidential nominee
2016: Indiana House of Representatives, District 71
2018: Indiana House of Representatives, District 71
2003: National Leadership Award, National Republican Congressional Committee
2003: Honorary Co-Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee Business Advisory Council
2016: Certificate of Recognition, Democratic National Committee National Steering Committee
Stances & Issues
Legalized Marijuana: I want to bring the discussion on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana to the forefront of the Indiana General Assembly, rather than the continued cycle of subcommittees, study groups, and so on and so forth.
This is an issue that's time has come. Public sentiment has grown in favor of legalized medical and recreational marijuana over the past decade, and it would be not only short-sighted but irresponsible for this state to fall behind a curve with an industry chock full of untapped potential.
The economic and societal impact of legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana has already been proven. Increased revenue, lessened impact of the opioid crisis, and a reduction in cost to the county in incarceration and criminal case costs.
Restoration of Rights: While it can be somewhat buzzworthy to talk of constitutional crises, the fact of the matter is we are experiencing small-scale constitutional crises all over the country on a daily basis. Criminal court systems are overwhelmed, and it is the defendant that ultimately winds up with the deck stacked against them. The 6th Amendment is slowly vanishing as this process unfolds.
Overworked and under-budgeted public defenders, unreasonable bail requirements, and incarceration for weeks, months, and even years awaiting the resolution of their cases- these obstacles hinder or destroy the concept of due process, and have helped us to gain the largest population of incarcerated people in the world.
Not to mention, what happens when someone has served their sentence, and are released? More of an uphill battle, as many inmates received vocational training they will be unable to use after release, as state licensing boards often take a dim view of convicted felons. It can be pretty ironic what definition the public-at-large considers "having paid one's debt to society."