Up and Coming Family
You and many of your neighbors might be called “Up and Coming Families.” Many residents in our area are younger and more mobile – and more ethnically diverse than the previous generation. You and others like you are ambitious, working hard to get ahead, and willing to take some risks to achieve your goals. The recession and flat economy has possibly impacted your financial well-being, but you are likely optimistic about the future. Compared to other parts of our area, your home is probably newer than those in the long-established parts of Greeley and Evans. Families like yours often have young children – and children in your immediate neighborhood. Many adults similar to you are willing to commute for work – sometimes up to an hour away. But jobs closer to home tend to be preferred.
While everyone is unique, this is my current understanding of many people similar to you in our area:
- You may have two or more workers in your household.
- Many similar to you have some college education or a degree
- Partially because of your willingness to work hard, unemployment for those similar to you tends to be lower than other groups in our area
- You probably consider the opinions of co-workers, friends and family when shopping and making purchases
- You and your kids appreciate the latest and best in technology
- People my age might view you as a young family still “feathering the nest” and establishing your style.
If this description sounds like you, you might be interested to know that Marketing Firms describe groups similar to yours as “Up-and-Coming Families.” That is one of about fifty categories a lot of marketing professional use when trying to figure out how to sell something to you. I suppose that is my intention also – to “sell you” on who I am and what I represent. I would like your vote – of course.
You and I have a few things in common – but those things might not be initially apparent. These things come to mind:
- Working Parent. When my (now adult) children were young, their mom and I both worked outside of the home. I worked full-time and took night classes to get my second college degree. My daughter was just a toddler and my son hadn’t been born yet. It took a lot of effort to coordinate schedules, to meet the expectations of work, school, and home. But it was worth it and when I look back on that time, I’m glad I made those choices.
- SUV driving. While you might drive something other than an SUV – you probably drive something that can get the whole family around. I still drive a small SUV (Jeep) and can take my grandchildren places when they visit. It’s not so much about the car itself – rather the considerations and decisions we make for our family. I’m probably quite a bit older than you are. But I very much recall being in your shoes – working toward the future and growing a young family. I coached little-league for seven years and was a “taxi” for the kids and their friends often.
- Hard Work. I believe in working hard, getting ahead, and being recognized for that effort. Even though I’m not very patient sometimes, I do realize that most things don’t just come to you – you have to go get it.
I recognize this short list doesn’t represent everything about you and me. I also understand that I’m from a different generation than you are. For example, while I do appreciate technology, it’s likely I’m not as adept at it as you are. Still, I am confident that I have been in your shoes, and I do understand the joy and the struggles of what you face.
As a candidate, I describe myself as fiscally conservative & socially moderate.
The “fiscal conservative” part of this means I usually do not like big government programs, and I generally prefer less regulation of business. I usually side with Republicans related to budgets, spending, and size of government.
The “socially moderate” part of this statement means that I sometimes agree with Republicans, and other times I agree with Democrats. Topics like equality and some aspects of healthcare fall into the “social” category.
- I advocate state’s rights to counter-balance federal over-reach and over regulation
- I advocate balanced budgets for governments (federal, state, and local)
- I advocate for good education (high quality, and equal access)
- I am pro-oil, pro-gun, and pro-life
Some other things about me include:
- I used to play professionally as a musician (guitar, keyboards, sing)
- I’ve started several small businesses, including Xbig6 – a management consulting firm
- I’ve written thirteen books
- I grew up in Derby, Kansas
- My education is in geology, management, and human resources
- I attend the Vineyard church downtown Greeley
- Jennifer and I have a dog named Shadow
- I’m a registered psychotherapist , and am on the Colorado State Board
- I use an iPhone – but it’s an older one (oh, well)
I truly would appreciate your vote in November. I recognize that this short web page can’t realistically “earn” your vote. But, thank you for taking time to get to know me a little. I’d be happy to receive your email, meet in person, or speak to a group of others. And – thank you for being my neighbor.
Read more about District 50. You can find out more about my background and personal life on this site. I would be pleased to speak with you or exchange ideas. Find my contact information on this site.
2016 News: John Honeycutt (Republican) is running against incumbent Dave Young (Democrat) for Colorado State House of Representatives District 50 including portions of Greeley, Garden City, and Evans, CO.