Rich grew up in the great Pacific Northwest, just north of Spokane. He attended the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and graduated as a Distinguished Graduate earning a BS in Aeronautical Engineering with Mathematics minor. He earned a graduate degree at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Boston (SM Aeronautics & Astronautics). Rich served a total of 15 years in the military, beginning with the Academy, transitioning to B-1 pilot, then Academy professor, and operations planner. I am not just running a campaign for governor, I am leading a community effort to win the office for the first time in 35 years. I want to run a campaign that is "Of the people, by the people…" to provide a new vision for the people of Washington State. What if, we, as Washingtonians, could develop a unity not seen by the rest of the country; what if we could lead an effort of reconciliation? By casting our votes this November, what if we could choose our next struggles and become a single community battling these issues?