Invariably, the people who I represent are deeply concerned about the future of their communities. They know that big box stores, sprawling shopping centers, tacky apartment complexes, noxious mining operations or other major developments have the potential to negatively impact their property values and detract from the very neighborhood character which prompted them to choose the place they call home. It’s been my job to help people block those projects, or at least negotiate concessions to lessen those negative impacts. I believe people who band together to assert their rights as citizens and taxpayers – sometimes derisively referred to by developers as NIMBYs (not in my back yard) - are what separates our country from so many others where a timid populace dares not speak up in defense of themselves. I’m proud to say "Yes, I work for and with people who are willing to fight for what is theirs."