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About Geoffrey

Geoffrey is a 34 year old business owner who resides in Lake Zurich, Illinois. He is married to Melissa, his wife of 8 years. 

Geoffrey has been a community activist since the age of 13 when he began a crusade to preserve a wooded property near his childhood home from development. For nearly 5 years he fought to preserve the 50 acre natural area in Carpentersville. Attending 52 of 53 Dundee Township meetings, he finally convinced the Township to purchase the property. Today the land serves as a natural open space and public park that will be enjoyed by Dundee area residents for generations.

Since his early days of activism, Geoffrey has served as the President of the Citizens Advocate Team, a local advocacy group, where he worked to hold corporate polluters responsible for their actions and fought government highway projects in the court system. He also served as the Executive Director of Friends of the Fox River where he worked to preserve open space, improve water quality and plan for sustainable growth.

In 2007, Geoffrey started a real estate development company that was focused on developing sustainable communities and redeveloping blighted neighborhoods. Unfortunately, like many in the real estate industry, Geoffrey lost his business when the financial crisis hit in 2009. 

Not deterred by the loss of his business, Geoffrey went to work for a plastic recycling company in the suburbs of Chicago and re-focused his time to not-for-profit causes.

In 2011, at the age of 28, Geoffrey suffered a massive heart attack that nearly took his life. Due to the financial pressures of the time, he was without health insurance. 

The heart attack combined with the national health care debate that was brewing in 2011 caused Geoffrey to announce he would run for Congress. As a central theme, he wanted to ensure that no American would ever face the choice of lifesaving medical care or a mountain of debt as he had.

Although unsuccessful in his bid for Congress, Geoffrey learned the challenges of running for office and the unsavory nature of our election system. He vowed that if he were ever to run for office again, it would be on his terms, by his rules. No endorsement, fundraising effort or poll should ever be allowed to influence our leaders.

In 2012 Geoffrey decided to start his own recycling company and today his company employs dozens of people at multiple facilities in several states. He understands the challenges faced by small business owners as well as the plight of his employees.

In 2015, Geoffrey also started a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting public trust resources. Specifically, the not-for-profit has been involved in fighting a copper mine proposed along the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota and fighting a highway project in the 6th District that will impact endangered species and destroy 3 Forest Preserves.

Geoffrey hopes to serve the people of the 6th District as a guardian of the values that make the United States the greatest country on earth.

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