Ed's family laid roots in the United States nearly 100 years ago, when his great-great grandmother came to pursue the American Dream and provide opportunities for her family. Ed was born in Southern California and raised by his mother, Linda. Despite poverty and financial hardship, Ed's mother was committed to providing a quality education for her son. Linda also modeled for Ed the importance of civic engagement and having compassion for others, often serving as a resource and mentor to the community regardless of her challenging circumstances. Ed attended St. Boniface School and Servite High School, where his passion for public service and community outreach flourished.
Following in the footsteps of his grandfather who served in the U.S military during the Korean War, Ed joined the Navy at the age of 21. He served his country with pride for six years as a sonar technician on the U.S. Sides stationed in San Diego, CA. During his time in the Navy, Ed met his wife, Heather, who worked as an AmeriCorps member of the National Civilian Community Corps. They developed a strong bond over their mutual dedication to community service. Through Heather’s work at the Navy MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) and Ed’s service as a Catholic lay leader and counselor of deployed sailors, they were exposed to the many challenges our military families face.
After completing his service in the Navy, Ed and Heather moved to South Bend in 2002 with the hope of starting a family. After Heather went through a severe medical crisis, they struggled with the right time to begin having children. They had the joy of welcoming their son to the world six years ago with their daughter following three years later. Today Ed is a cabinet maker, and Heather is a mental health specialist for adolescents and teens. Being a father has reignited Ed’s passion for public service and making his community a better place. The current political climate is not one he wants the next generation to inherit. Ed feels compelled to fight for his children’s future and the future of all families across District 11.