Community Editor, New Hampshire Patch
Birthdate: July 5, 1964, Nuremberg, Germany
Married to Mary.
Son: Patrick, 9
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I have evolved from a lifelong Democrat to an Independent who prefers to vote for the best qualified candidates instead of party lines.
I was baptized a Catholic and my son was baptized a Methodist, but I do not really subscribe to any particular religion. I fully respect others' freedom to worship in whatever religion they choose.
Local hot-button issue
Like many other communities in New Hampshire, Portsmouth has done its best to weather the economic storm as best as it can and keeps moving forward with new commercial and residential development. Maintaining the level of municipal and educational services this city is accustomed to seeing continues to be a challenge.
My beliefs: Fairness, equality and tolerance. Treat others the way you wish to be treated.