I am a Colorado native who spent my childhood playing in the open spaces of Surrey Ridge and dreaming of playing professional sports. I was born to Linda and Michael Sedbrook, along with a brother, Jason, and a sister named Stacey. My mother and father were both committed government employees who taught me my most sacred values. My mother taught me about fortitude and tenacity in life, and if I am half as strong as her, I will be a great Congressman. My father taught me through his actions about being loyal, honest, and disciplined. If I’m half the man my father is, then I will also be a great Congressman.
By high school, I was a young man who seemingly had the world at my fingertips until tragedy struck the week before my junior year. I witnessed a significant car crash caused by a drunk driver as I drove down I-25 with friends in my car. We stopped to help the victims of the car crash and another drunk driver sped toward us and swerved to miss me killing a dear friend. That evening, and the survival guilt I endured for years forever changed my life. Today, I have become a supporter, volunteer, and served on the state advisory board for MADD. I owe a great deal of gratitude to this organization.
After high school, I started college at the University of Colorado but left to start a fitness facility in Denver because at the time I viewed higher education as vocational training rather than a place to stretch your mind. While most people my age were finishing their college scholastics, I was building a business on Colorado Boulevard and expanding. As the years went by my business continued to grow and my youthful arrogance followed. I became heavily leveraged in expanding my business in late 2007 after I had opened facilities in multiple states. Then the economic collapse of 2008 struck and my business was catastrophically wounded. By 2012, I had a house with negative equity, heavy business debt, and a wilting business. My arrogance was shattered and I was humbled and brought to my knees by the loss of almost everything in my life. I was demoralized by circumstance, and my direction in life shifted from entrepreneurialism to public service. The one constant that remained during those harsh days was my son. He was born in 2006 and through my darkest hours he helped push me to return to college. I have achieved two degrees in history and political science, and now I am a candidate to receive a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University. My drive has always and will always be fueled by my son and hero.
Today, I am self-employed in the incentive travel industry. This has given me the opportunity to support myself while exploring a bit of our world, but I have felt compelled to serve my community through civics. I have found myself profoundly disappointed in our political system, which is why I have decided to run for office. I have been blessed to have a life that has been full of the struggles and successes that we all encounter. When I think of my challenges in life I go back to a dusty basketball court in Castle Rock, Colorado when I was about 10 years old. Unbeknownst to me, the best players in my town were playing in a competitive basketball leagues while I played for the local recreation center. My first game that season I scored every point except for two in a victory. I ran around that court after the final buzzer sounded and I truly believed I was Michael Jordan. Then my coach stopped me on the court, and though I was too young to understand his message, his serious demeanor stuck with me for years. He told me, “David, you are going to learn so much more in life from your shortcomings and defeats than you ever will from your victories”. It took me years to grasp the weight of his comments, but I eventually learned that it’s easy to exist when you are on top of mountains of success, but your character and moral compass are built by adversity and those moments of struggle. I know I am a better man today than I was before I found myself sitting on the bench for an entire basketball game in middle school, or before the great economic collapse of 2008. The wisdom from my struggles brought about more compassion, empathy, and a humility that far outweighs all that I lost.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass (1857)