Champaign County needs elected officials with a diverse array of skills and experience. As a first-generation American, I will bring a perspective that will help represent our diverse community. I understand the challenges and the opportunities that the 24,000 immigrants and even more first- and second-generation Americans in our community face.
As a doctoral candidate in computer science, I will bring much-needed expertise in technology and quantitative analysis to the county board. As Mark Twain said: there are three kinds of lies - lies, damned lies, and statistics. It's too easy for vendors and other organizations to use dressed-up statistics to pull the wool over the county board's eyes. As a scientist who works with data every day, I know how to evaluate these claims, and I know the right questions to ask when it's time to figure out what's really going on. Likewise, I'll make sure the county makes the right decisions in technology purchases and software upgrades that many of our agencies critically need.
A little bit more about me: I grew up not too far from here, in Cleveland, Ohio. I got my bachelor's degree in physics at MIT, and moved to Urbana to continue my education. I study computer science as a tool to use genomes to better understand evolution and the history and diversity of life on Earth. In my (limited) spare time, I'm restoring a 1984 Mazda RX-7 in my garage.
For as long as I can remember, I've been a political junkie. Granted, that's not as long as many of the folks involved in politics around here - one of my earliest political memories is going to a John Kerry rally when I was 12 years old. Now, I'm excited to be running for this office, and looking forward to serving the people of Champaign County, where I've found a new home.