I am in my second term as a State Representative, having run for the first time in 2012 at the request of fellow Dover citizens. In my work at the State House, I have found that my experience as an educator, scholar, writer, editor, and parent provides me with skills I frequently apply to my legislative duties: listening, research, analysis of complex issues, clear writing, and the capacity to reach effective consensus.
My wife Jessica teaches at UNH. Our children, Solomon and Eleanor, attend Dover Public Schools. I am the full time at home parent, raise a large portion of our food in our garden and orchard, make necessary repairs on our hundred year old house, and do freelance editing and tutoring.
I grew up in Maine, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and received my B.A. from Yale University and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. I have taught in public and private schools, worked as an editor for an internet company, and tutored for a SAT prep company.
- State Representative, Strafford District 17 from 2013-16
- Horne Street School Garden
- Developed plan as a part of the Greening the Grounds committee
- Co-authored and edited the successful Timberland community service grant that made the work possible
- Continue to work with faculty members and volunteers to plan garden planting, maintenance, and harvesting.
- Established the practice of donating produce grown during the summer months to the Community Action Partnership food pantry.
- Dover School District Wellness Committee
- Had leading role in revising the district’s Wellness Policy
- Co-authored the Request for Proposals for food service management company
- Provided technical assistance to the DHS horticulture program
- Advised on using the greenhouse for growing vegetables for the cafeteria
- Assisted in expanding the school garden
- Dover Open Lands committee from 2002-2003
- Co-authored the LCHIP grant to preserve the Cassily property by Whittier Falls, now home of Dover’s community gardens, and part of the Dover Community Trail