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Hometown: Arlington, VA
Birthday: October 15
I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and cannot stand when people call it NOVA. Although I have grown up in Arlington, I am quickly learning more about the local issues we are facing and the amazing resources located right here in the Ballston-Virginia Square area.
In May 2010, I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Auburn University in Alabama, War Eagle! (No, we don't have two mascots, we are the Tigers and our Battle Cry is "War Eagle!") Before attending Auburn, I graduated from Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School right here in Arlington in 2006.
During my time at Auburn, I was the Sports Editor of The Auburn Plainsman and was named "Outstanding Senior in Journalism." I also helped produce an anniversary edition of The Valley-Times News in Valley, Ala. During the summer of 2009 I interned locally with The Connection Newspapers and covered a variety of community news stories.
I have three older brothers who were college athletes so I love sports (I even played Auburn Club Lacrosse) and I am a diehard Redskins fan -- we're going to the Superbowl. In my free time I enjoy playing with my two Airedale puppies, watching football and hockey, trying new beers, good food, shopping and spending time with my amazing family.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
Are you registered with a certain party?
Although I am not registered with any party, I tend to be more fiscally conservative and look for candidates who are like-minded.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious)
I am a practicing Christian that was raised Protestant but attended both Episcopal and Catholic schools.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
The Ballston-Virginia Square area is interesting because of its part within Arlington County. We have mostly multi-use high-rise buildings and a big shopping mall. People want to live in the great apartment and condominium buildings in Ballston, but get upset when the restaurant downstairs is too loud.
Another local issue is homelessness. It is heartbreaking to see all the homeless people in our neighborhood. Stay tuned to the Ballston Patch for more coverage of the issue and hopefully we can work with the community to help get them back on their feet. A-SPAN is an amazing organization working to solve this issue.