The next time you visit Butler’s Ashland stores be sure to shake Peter’s hand… he might just be running the country someday. Born and raised in Medford, Peter’s passion for politics was sparked by a government class he attended at St. Mary’s High School. His Junior Project found him crafting a brief on the recently implemented Oregon Health Plan that former Governor turned teacher Mark Hatfield liked enough to print and distribute.
After graduating, and being recruited by every Pac 10 football program but one, Peter attended Oregon State where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Political Science (but never played a game thanks to a blown out ankle). He then followed up with a Masters in Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He had the knowledge to enter politics but, there was just one problem… “I was so shy… I couldn’t talk to people. So I got in the car business. Now I can talk to anyone”, Peter says. He figures in another 20 years he’ll have learned enough about the wants and needs of the American public that he can finally throw his hat in the ring for office.