James is a life-long Oregonian who was born in Portland and grew up in Bend. After living in many cities around the state and spending 5 years traveling with the US Army, James moved back to the metro area in 2015 and has been living here ever since.
James is a US Army Veteran, spending 5 years on active duty and 3 years with the Oregon National Guard, including 3 deployments to Afghanistan. He earned the Combat Action Badge and Army Commendation Medal for his service overseas, and left the Army as a Captain.
Educationally, James has earned a BS in Math and Computer Science from Corban University, an MBA from the University of Oregon and is a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP). James is currently a small business owner but has experience working for a Fortune 50 company as well as for the Federal and State government as an officer in the Army/National Guard respectively. While no one can have every experience to represent every industry, having experience in small business, large business, and government, James is uniquely equipped to understand the needs and struggles of a large and diverse portion of Oregonians.
Metro is a unique-in-the-nation regional government that governs portions of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. Metro deals with waste disposal, land use, transportation, and owns & manages many of the region's large venues, such as the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center and Portland'5 Center for the Arts. Support James for a good-governance approach to Metro where he will work constructively with City, County and State government to support the community in the best way possible.