Hometown Wingate, North Carolina
Birthday Dec. 16, 1969
Bio: I joined Patch in July 2010 as founding editor of Jamaica Plain Patch in Boston. I have 17 years of experience as an editor and reporter. Before joining Patch, I edited the Watertown TAB & Press and the Cambridge Chronicle.
In November 2012 I moved to Salem to become manager of a group of Patch sites on the North Shore.
I speak Spanish, learned mostly from Mexican telenovelas and a college semester in Seville, Spain. I freelanced for the Spanish-language newspaper Siglo 21 when I first moved to Boston 11 years ago.
I'm a proud expatriate North Carolinian who grew up in a small college town east of Charlotte. I live on Buffum Street in Salem with my wife, Jane; our dog, Molly; and our cat, Carlos. Appropriately for Salem, he is a black cat.
If I don't already know you, I look forward to meeting you around Salem and the rest of the North Shore!
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As far as ideals, I'm a democratic socialist. In practice, I'm an unenrolled voter who mostly votes for Democrats. However, I did once vote for a Republican, so I like to think I keep an open mind.
I'm an atheist. I prefer the term "naturalist," since I see my lack of belief in the supernatural as a positive. I respect people who believe otherwise, however, and think religious institutions do a great deal of good.
Local Hot-Button Issues
In Salem, redevelopment of the power plant is perhaps the single biggest issue facing the city. On the North Shore as a whole, balancing the need for growth and good jobs while protecting our natural beauty is a top priority.