Most importantly, I am a husband and a father. I have been married to my lovely wife, Katerina, for over 19 years. We have three daughters and have run a family business together for almost a decade.
My background is in software engineering and engineering management. I worked in the corporate world for about 20 years before moving to small business. I have spent the last seven years interacting with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC or Commission). The first 4 years were spent working to remedy decades of water issues for my community. I understand first-hand the trials and tribulations of dealing with the Commission from a ratepayer viewpoint. This experience places me in a unique position to fight for people like you, the customers of the utilities.
My work as an advocate for the ratepayers landed me a position as one of two policy advisors for a current commissioner where I have started my “on-the-job” training early. This means I can hit the ground running!
Accomplishments at the Commission include
- Restoring water service to a local community that had their water removed arbitrarily and capriciously by the local utility
- Helping a customer who was discriminated against by a utility with her formal complaint, and ultimate settlement with the utility
- Initiating a groundbreaking effort within the state of Arizona that culminated in getting an interim manager installed into a Class A utility that had been abusing customers and ratepayer money for over 20 years; ultimately leading to the sale of the utility to a reputable water company
Why I’m Running
Arizonans need someone that is willing to stand up for them now, and in the future. Someone who will look out for their best interests proactively instead of reactively. The ACC has ONE MAIN JOB as defined by the constitution, to set just and reasonable rates and charges while keeping our infrastructure safe and reliable. Arizona needs a commissioner that will keep the Commission on-track and focused primarily on this task.
My running mate for the second open seat is Kevin Thompson. Combined, Kevin and I have about 30 years of experience in utilities as well as regulatory environment. Together we want to:
Reduce rates: We need to remove mandates and subsidies that are driving up our rates and taking us closer and closer to California style energy policies.
Secure our water future: Work with utilities to protect and maintain our water. Making sure water loss is kept at a minimum will not only conserve our precious resources, but will help maintain reliable infrastructure and lower bills.
Keep the lights on: We must maintain electric and gas reliability and resiliency. We need to focus the commission on keeping the lights on and not trying to play “policy maker”.
Economic development and jobs: A reliable water, electric and gas infrastructure and stabile regulatory environment invites job and economic growth.