My wife, Valerie, and I moved to Yarmouth’s Rainbow Farm neighborhood 21 years ago. Our daughters, Alex and Emma, attended and graduated from Yarmouth public schools. Go Clippers! Emma is living with us at home and Alex is heading back in this direction from Texas after her marriage this June. We are excited that our family will be close together again.
I grew up just a few miles away in Durham, went to schools in Durham and Lisbon Falls, and then attended UMaine, where I received a B.S. in Engineering Physics and an M.S. in Physics. My employment for the past 3 decades as an engineer and scientist has been mostly in the semiconductor industry. Currently, I manage new product development for ON Semiconductor (formerly Fairchild). My teammates design and develop integrated circuits used in electric vehicles and many other automotive, industrial, and consumer applications.
Growing up near the banks of the Androscoggin River, the 4th of 5 children, my dad worked at the textile mill, and my mom (now 96!) worked at home raising 5 kids and running the household. My politics were shaped by observing the lives of the people around me and the environment in which we lived. I had a front row seat to watch the polluted Androscoggin come back to life as a result of Maine’s own U.S. Senator Ed Muskie and his Clean Water Act. I noted the better wages and working conditions for those workers represented by a union as compared to those who were not. Most of all, I saw the life-changing potential of education. Caring parents, a few exceptional teachers, and the opportunity to get a higher education lifted me up -- as it has done, and continues to do, for so many.
Moving to Yarmouth was one of our best decisions. If you live here, you know what I mean -- clean, safe, green, caring, mostly quiet, but eager to break out the parades, rides, and steamers the 3rd weekend of every July… well, until the pandemic. Other than coaching my daughter’s youth basketball teams, my service to the town has been on Energy Efficiency Committees and as a 2-term member of the Town Council. As a Town Councilor, I created the STAY program (Senior Tax Assistance Yarmouth), which has reimbursed hundreds of thousands of dollars of property taxes to Yarmouth’s low and moderate income senior citizens. I am also a strong advocate for preserving our open spaces and saving money for once-in-a-generation opportunities, like the acquisition of the Riverfront Woods Preserve.
When I’m not obsessing over politics, you can find me building something, listening to my prized collection of vinyl LPs, enjoying a craft beer, managing my fantasy baseball team, or enjoying the indoors or outdoors with my friends and family.
That’s a little about me. I hope to learn your story someday.