and I'm running for Sheriff because I've got the experience, creative thinking, and desire to make Buncombe County a better place for you and your family.
In a recent survey I conducted, a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated community members agreed that locally elected representatives are not effectively addressing their needs and concerns.
Do you agree?
Sheriff Miller has had 4 years to give us his best. Today, we are #4 in the state for opiate deaths, the jail is the deadliest in North Carolina, homelessness is out of control, and the relationship between law enforcement and the community hasn't improved.
If you're looking for a public servant that hears you and acts decisively to address your needs and concerns, then help me get elected. Together we can change Buncombe County and make it a model for others to follow.
Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted a large family. I guess you can say I got my wish because my fiancée and I manage to maintain a household with 6 kids. It isn't always easy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Vivian is a 1st generation Cuban-American whose parents escaped Fidel's reign when they were young. I've been fascinated to learn how blessed we are as Americans, yet because of our faults, so many Americans can barely make ends meet. I hope to change this one day.
At home, we teach our children the value of hard work, building positive relationships, and acceptance of everyone. We make it a priority to tell our children about the world around them and explain why there is so much conflict and struggle.
I hope that I can leave this world a little better for my children, your children, and generations to come.
I joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, just after graduating High School. I didn't have aspirations to get a college degree and decided to see the world instead.
I enlisted in the Marines as an infantryman and was honored to be selected to represent the Marines at the 8th & I barracks in Washington D.C.
Shortly after arriving, I ended up at the United States Naval Academy where I spent 2 years doing force protection and ceremonial duties. It was a privilege to serve with this historical unit.
Following my stint at the Naval Academy, It was time to join the fighting Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA. With the 1st Marine Division, I deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was my first time outside the United States. The people of Iraq are some of the finest people I've ever met and I'm sorry we destroyed their way of life.
After the military, I realized my resume was suited for law enforcement. I moved back to Raleigh, NC where I attended the Raleigh Police Academy.
It was at the academy that I recognized the impact the Marine Corps had on me. I was more responsible, serious, and able to pass the academy with flying colors. Academically, the academy was tough, but the Marine Corps made this part a breeze.
I loved every minute of the 3 1/2 years I served the citizens of Raleigh. Police work is a combination of problem-solving and community interaction. And I love both.
The fact that I don't have decades of experience is an advantage over my fellow candidates. I was an officer long enough to learn the ropes but not so long that I'll blindly lead the Sheriff's Office with a status quo mindset. Let's make our Sheriff's Office an example for other agencies.
Although I enjoyed my law enforcement experience, there was more I wanted to do in life.
I quit the police department and headed to Afghanistan as a government security contractor. This is where I got my first taste of bureaucratic nonsense, wasted taxpayer dollars, and government corruption.
I spent 2 exciting years in Afghanistan making sure people didn't get killed. Similar to police work, Afghanistan is a high-risk environment that is ever-changing. Every mission required meticulous planning, multi-agency coordination, preventative measures, and the ability to adjust on the fly.
This experience is the second advantage I bring to the Office of Sheriff. In Community Oriented Policing, the emphasis is put on prevention and less on reaction. I think this is one area where the current administration is failing.
After deciding to leave Afghanistan, I knew I wanted to go into business for myself. One event led to another and I started a marketing and web design company with no experience whatsoever.
I grew the company to employ 18 amazingly talented people in Asheville and abroad, and in 2015, I was honored as one of Asheville's 40 under 40.
The company was acquired in 2021 by a large SEO firm.
Lessons learned from business: 1. A company is only as good as its employees. 2. Success requires a constant cycle of implementation, feedback, and planning.
My decade of experience in business is the 3rd and final advantage over other candidates for Sheriff.