Born into a civic-minded family, David attended public school in Saratoga Springs, worked several jobs in our community’s robust service industry, and began serving in local government as an intern at the age of 19. David was inspired to enter public service by his grandparents, two active lifelong members of the local Democratic Party, and candidates for local office.
At the age of 23, David has already held multiple positions in local government, serving as an intern in the mayor’s office, a civil service commissioner, and executive assistant to the mayor. Now, David is more committed than ever to fight for the community that has given so much to him and his family. He will be a tireless advocate for a more transparent and accountable local government and a more just and inclusive Saratoga Springs.
Like so many Saratogians, David got his start working in the service industry. He has worked almost every job available in our local restaurants: dishwasher, busser, server, bartender, cook, and manager. He worked as a valet at Saratoga Race Course, where his grandfather used to whitewash fences in the 1940s. He spent his teen years working as a laborer for his father’s local construction company. In college at SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Albany, David studied English and History while working as a tutor. At SUNY Adirondack, he tutored non-traditional students and lifelong learners, and at SUNY Albany, he tutored his peers in thesis construction, legal writing, and literature.
When he was hired as an intern in the mayor’s office, David discovered his passion for working in local government. Just months after graduating from SUNY Albany, he was appointed to a term as a civil service commissioner, a post that requires approval by the City Council. Most recently, David worked as executive assistant to the mayor. In this role he not only gained invaluable government experience as a senior aide to the mayor, but he also learned how City Hall works—
and how it doesn’t.
We are at a critical inflection point in our city’s history. Our community is becoming younger and more diverse, and our local government should reflect those changes. As COVID-19 has shown us, our reliance upon tourism and seasonal visitors leaves our community vulnerable to economic forces outside our control. Recent clashes between police and Black Lives Matter activists have shown us that our city is not immune from the problems of racial injustice in our nation at large. These events have demonstrated the need for a robust and forward-looking response from the mayor’s office.
Saratoga Springs deserves a mayor who reflects not only where our community has come from but where our city is going. Our community deserves a mayor who doesn’t shy away from confronting the great challenges facing our city but has plans to confront them head-on. There is so much potential in Saratoga Springs. For far too long, we have been succeeding in spite of our local government. With your help, we can succeed because of our local government.