Dan has been living in Pasco County since he was 11 years old. He grew up going to Hudson Beach and going to Sam’s for lunch with his grandfather. He went through middle and high school in the Pasco public school system, graduating from Hudson High. After participating in JROTC and being a leader throughout high school, Dan was recruited to be an Army signals intelligence analyst. However, just before leaving, he was asked to take another physical and was not allowed to leave because his knees weren’t strong enough after an injury he got from playing soccer. This huge change of life plans set off a new course in his life.
Without the military, Dan couldn’t afford to pay for college, so he began working full time. Knowing that a formal higher education was unattainable at this point in his life, he began to teach himself. He read everything and anything he could get his hands on. He challenged himself to read at least one biography of each of our presidents to add to his knowledge of American history and the cycles of our government. He says that he hasn’t finished that goal because he keeps getting distracted by other characters in our history and has read a biography on most of our founding fathers for that reason.
Dan is running because he has seen West Pasco develop in the 23 years he’s been living here. He’s seen businesses grow. He’s seen infrastructure improve and roads be paved. He’s seen commercial development. But he’s also seen pay wages plateau. He’s seen the school system deteriorate. He’s seen the opioid epidemic in this county explode. He’s seen incremental progress in Pasco, but he’s also continually watched his fellow citizens be neglected, and now he’s tired of watching. Our state government has ignored its constituents for too long. As a working-class resident of Port Richey, he knows what it’s like for the majority of people in his district and he is committed to defending those needs and values in Tallahassee.
Head over to the issues page to see where Dan stands on specific topics relating to life as a Florida resident and as a West Pasco resident.