"I have so many reasons for which to be thankful, in both a personal realm and on a broader spectrum. I am thankful for a loving and forgiving God. I am thankful for my wife and for my two daughters, who astound me with their intelligence and their imaginations. I am thankful for my friends, who support and entertain me. I am thankful for my City Council, who surrounds me with wisdom and experience. I am thankful for my dedicated and hard-working staff, who keeps the city running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

"I am also so thankful to live in Grove, a town that became home to me three years ago. This community opened its arms to my family and provided us with many friends, a quality education, and opportunities to give back through various community organizations for both my wife and me. I am thankful we have such a beautiful lake, which provides not only the luxury of recreation but also the indulgence of tourism. Our community’s natural hospitality enhances tourists’ experiences, and for that I am grateful and proud. I am thankful for our great country and for the women and men, some of whom have been family and friends, who bravely serve our Armed Forces."