Paul pictured with 4 of his 8 children.

Being raised in the great state of Arizona I have seen our political landscape slowly change from that of enterprising self-reliance to every election cycle leaning more and more towards socialist dependent ideals. Arizona has always been considered the Wild West, not wild as in unruly, but wild as in endless opportunities. In Arizona I was raised to believe that we have the God-given ability and right to create the lives for ourselves and loved ones that we desire. Being raised in Arizona I also realized that desire wasn’t enough, to be faced with Challenges and adversity was the price to pay for the reward. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward.

Early on I became aware that it is the not the adversity that determines us, but how we react and what we do with it that adversity that builds our character and tests our resolve. With this mindset I felt I was suited to follow in my Father’s footsteps and join the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps I lived daily challenges of adversity, physical challenges and mental challenges. I never once doubted myself or my resolve to complete the assigned tasks. My reward for my resolve, I am now and forever will be a United States Marine, proud to have served and to have taken an oath that never expires, to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.

Education runs deep in my Family; my Great Grandmother was a teacher here in the Valley and she inspired the desire to learn in all of her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. This base and my desire to push myself to be more, do more, evolved into my journey to earn my Associates, Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. I paused at each degree, honestly, because I wasn’t sure I could press forward as I was a full-time employee and Father. See, I didn’t start pursuing my degrees until I was into my mid 30’s. It is not the destination, but the journey. And attaining my degrees at that point in my life allowed my children to see what we can do when we apply ourselves and stick with our commitments.

I have eight children, four boys and four girls. Children are our most vital resource our most cherished accomplishment. Children have a finite amount of time on this Earth to be children. Their innocence must be preserved as long as possible so that they may see the World for what it can be. As their guides along the path of Life it is incumbent upon us to Coach and Teach, be involved in their evolution to give them a solid foundation of what is good and pure. My view on our Youth is what prompts me to be active in their lives as a Little League Coach a Scout Master a Youth Leader. For the benefit of my children and those that are there with them. I am proud to say I have been called Dad or Pops by more children that I can count.

IN 1996 I was diagnosed with a medical condition that may have given some people cause to throw their hands up in the air and resign themselves to a life of mediocrity. This diagnosis forced me to start all over at the age of 26. I was told that the tumor would reduce my life expectancy (if I survived the surgery at all). I was told that I would likely never have any more biological children. I would have to convalesce for 6 months and I gained over 70 pounds. I could have easily taken this opportunity to call it quits. I had not started earning my degrees, I had finished my period of service in the Marine Corps. I was at a point in my life where darkness was all around, no purpose, really. And it was at that moment I realized there is not a single pointless or wasted life on this earth unless we choose to make it that way. Upon this revelation, this revitalization, I got up, did what needed to be done and got busy with the business of life.

As it is incumbent upon each of us to make the most of the challenges given to us it is likewise incumbent upon those of us blessed with the good fortune to be here, in this Promised Land to fulfill our duties, our responsibility is to ensure that this Land remains the home of the free. It is this charge, this responsibility that places me here today. To stand up for what is right, what is good. To defend our Republic and our Constitution against those entities that would seek to weaken or even worse destroy it.