I have been a citizen of Newton for the past 43 years. I am a lifetime member of the VFW, and I am a retired bread salesman and car salesman. I was also the union steward for the Teamsters. I served with the Newton Police reserves for 14 years and was captain for six of those years. I and my wife Linda have raised two sons, who live here in Newton.

Reasons for running?for office:

The reason that I have decided to run for city commissioner is that itís time for someone to stand up and listen to what the people of Newton want and to support them. And that is what I will do.

What are the issues you think are most important to address:

?The issues that are facing us today are the homeless shelter, the downtown area and the Logistics Park.

Why are you the best candidate for the job:

I feel I am one of the best candidates for this job because I will listen and will work hard to help our city grow.

What should the community of Newton look like 10 years in the future:

In the next 10 years, our city will be growing not only in population but also in better-paying jobs and more companies coming to Newton and building here. I see great things happening for our great city and for the community.