Council member, Ward 3
Born in Northern California, as the youngest of three, Josh was raised by two working parents who instilled the values of hard work, teamwork, education, and perseverance from a young age. It was this work ethic that drove Josh to join the United States Marine Corps and put himself through college. Josh earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Global Peace and Security from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Since his honorable discharge in 2008, Josh has worked primarily with the public in community banking. He has also volunteered with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization nationally and with nonprofits around the Denver Metro area. He currently participates in community outreach as a member of Thrive Church North.
As a husband and a father of three small children, including one with special needs, Josh understands the challenges facing working parents. As a community banking professional, he understands the challenges that our friends and neighbors face and has witnessed their financial struggles over the past few years. As a business professional, who has run multiple banking branches, he understands what it takes to run a successful business and the challenges that impact small business owners daily. As a disabled veteran, he also understands the difficulties that returning veterans face acclimating into the community and the difficulties veterans and non-veterans alike face in finding adequate employment and housing.
Josh brings this experience, understanding, and passion for people to the City of Thornton. He will use his background and ability to be an advocate for the residents of Ward 3 and members of the community.
Council member, Ward 3
I have lived in Thornton and raised my children here for the last 15 years. Over that time, this community has grown close to my heart. My wife and I have built a business here from the ground up, without government aid or subsidies, and we feel truly blessed to be able to say we are living the American Dream. My wife, Michele, is on the board of directors for the Sheila Fortune Foundation, a foundation dedicated to funding non-profit organizations who provide education in the arts for at-risk youths in after-school and summer programs in Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Our daughter Denyse graduated from Horizon High School in 2003 as Valedictorian and went on to study at Front Range Community College for two years, to ultimately graduate from CU Boulder with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Thereafter she went to medical school, and recently graduated from Midwestern University as a physician assistant this August. Our son Nader is also a graduate of Horizon High School and is currently attending CU Boulder's Leeds School of Business.
I believe that the public sector has been an important catalyst for the growth in our city, but it is the private sector investment that really needs to be top priority for our community growth and stability.
I look forward to serving you, the citizens of Ward 3, in the city council. I will work for you, with respect to all your collective needs and by supporting our group of extraordinary and diverse individuals to the best of my ability. May God bless our city and wonderful country, where dreams certainly can come true.