Occupation: Certified public accountant, business owner
How long have you lived in District 5? Eight months
I am a dad, a spouse, a non-binary transperson, an accountant, a homeowner, a hard worker, and an unwavering friend. My wife, Jennie, our new daughter, Harlan Rose, and I are new to District 5, having set our sights on this area and finding the perfect forever home for our growing family. I grew up in southwest Missouri, building fences and rodeoing with my grandpa and working in my machine shop. My family taught me to give all you have to your work. My parents built a successful business from nothing but a loan and their dedication. After earning my bachelor’s degree in professional accountancy with an interdisciplinary focus in finance and my CPA license, I worked for nine years in public and industry accounting before starting my own firm to focus on what I love best: supporting small businesses and families who need help navigating financial systems to become successful and sustainable.
I’m an active community volunteer, and I have been invested in organizing for positive change in our city government for several years, from fighting for the establishment of Tulsa’s African-American Affairs Commission to advocating for fairness and equality at countless City Council meetings. As a result, I know the councilors and their processes, have experience in municipal policy making, and am well equipped to serve District 5. Our community deserves the best we can bring to the table. I commit to listen with empathy, work collaboratively, act with compassion, and do all I can to strengthen our community.
Why are you running?
I’m running because District 5 deserves the best we can bring to the table. I’ve heard the overwhelming chorus of D5 residents who feel silenced, and I believe the district at the heart of Tulsa deserves a strong representative at City Hall. My biggest concern is and always has been listening to and acknowledging those around me and finding the best way for their needs to be met. The families who live, work, play and pray in District 5 have real challenges: empty storefronts, neglected infrastructure, lack of sidewalks, inaccessible transit, inadequate housing, and more. This is not the time for partisan politics, for passing the buck, or for civil servants who are more worried about re-election prospects than making difficult decisions. We need a city councilor who will fight for this district.
I’m also running because we are facing one of the most important moments in our city’s history. With the global pandemic, the upcoming centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, nationwide conversations about racial equity and police accountability, skyrocketing unemployment and homelessness, and an all-around uncertain future, we deserve leaders who are willing to tackle issues head-on without ego or agenda. I believe the greatest job of an elected official is to bring the right people in to collaborate toward innovative solutions. I’m running because my experience and relationships make me well positioned to do just that, and I’m excited to get to work on our toughest challenges.
Pictured above: Nat Wachowski-Estes and others listen after a meeting at Tulsa City Hall in response to the Equality Indicators report. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World