At our farm with my uncle and cousin back in the day.
With my dad and livestock on our farm.
Tending a new arrival on the farm.
My brother entered the Marine Corps on Parris Island in one of the first classes to graduate after September 11.
With the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Jerusalem, along with my colleagues Jordan Stancil and Prem Kumar.
With then-Major General Bill Caldwell IV at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
With current President of Iraq Fuad M'asum in his Baghdad home.
In government formation talks with the assembled leaders of Iraq.
With the Chair of Iraq's Constitution Drafting Committee Shaykh Humam al-Hammoudi.
Meeting with then-Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi and Dr. Ala Makki.
In my classroom teaching in Woodstock.
With my students and their parents at the Women's March on Washington.
At Maria's in Woodstock organizing our first Swing Left meeting after the last election.
My grandfather, left, was one of four grandparents of mine who survived the Holocaust and built a new life here.
I’m a local teacher, a former U.S. diplomat who served with distinction in Iraq, and my family has had a farm in the Hudson Valley since I was a boy.
I served in America’s most embattled outposts in the Middle East under both Democratic and Republican administrations. After beginning my career as a CIA intelligence officer, I joined the State Department and pushed for peace in the West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside my close friend Ambassador Chris Stevens, whom we lost in Benghazi. I answered the call to help our country in Iraq in 2004 and became one of the longest serving U.S. diplomats of the Iraq War. Fluent in Arabic, I faced down insurgents to set up the first diplomatic talks between our ambassador, our generals and the insurgency. I helped bring warring factions together to create a constitution for Iraq and was decorated by both the U.S. Army and the State Department.
After my service overseas, I returned to my family’s farm here in the Hudson Valley to raise my family, raise livestock and answer a call to teach. Today I live in Woodstock where my wife Suhayr and I both teach and our two sons attend school.
I plan to use my experience bringing opposing sides together to lead a united coalition of new voices in Congress. Together we will face down the corporate interests and lobbyists rigging our economy against working people. Together we will pass a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides Medicare for all.
I used to believe democracy was something we fight for overseas. Today, I believe we have to fight for our democracy here at home. We’re uniting for that fight now. I hope you’ll join us.