A Detroiter and Democratic candidate for the 6th State House District, Tom’s career has been focused around helping the city he loves. He began his passion for public service by working in the Michigan State House and State Senate as well as in the Lansing office of former U.S. Senator Carl Levin. He also spent time overseas, interning with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Berlin, Germany. Tom then served with Congressman Hansen Clarke’s district staff in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tom has embraced entrepreneurship and become active in the startup scene. He was co-founder of Freshwater Transit Solutions (renamed Powerful), a public engagement services firm, and serves as a partner in LoveLifeSwagger – a local fashion company.  Through his consulting company, Choske Consulting, he teaches classes on digital marketing at Grand Circus Detroit and helps other entrepreneurs grow.

He is very active in the community, serving as a precinct delegate. A life-long Democrat, Tom is also an active member in the Democratic party, having served on the MDP State Central Committee, the MDP Resolution Committee, and as a member (and former Secretary) of the Young Democrats of Michigan. He also is a co-founder and board member of PartnershipUs, a local non-profit that helps to empower youth in the community and fight illiteracy through innovative programs such as Literacy Through Letter. He has long helped advocate for racial equality and reparations, firmly standing behind the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Tom graduated from the James Madison College of Public Policy at Michigan State University and earned a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Michigan.

Tom is proud to serve his community. He is a board member of:

  • PartnershipUs (Co-Founder and Board Member)
  • Detroiters Vote (Treasurer)

Tom is also on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the M1-RAIL team, helping to advocate for inclusive developments in transit throughout the area.

Tom has been a lifelong Democrat, serving as:

  • Precinct Delegate – Precinct 157, Detroit
  • 13th District Democratic Party Organization – State Central Committee Delegate
  • 13th District Democratic Party Organization – Communications Committee Chair
  • At-Large Board Member, Young Democrats of Detroit

Tom is a member in good standing of:

  • Detroit Economic Club
  • Detroit Young Professionals
  • 13th Congressional District Democratic Party
  • Young Democrats of Michigan
  • Michigan Democratic Party
  • Michigan State University Alumni Association
  • James Madison College Alumni Association
  • Transportation Riders United (TRU)
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
  • Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and Riv28
  • Sierra Club
  • American Civil Liberties Union

In volunteering his time to assist those in need, Tom serves at:

  • Adopt-A-Child Christmas
  • Gleaner’s Community Foodbank
  • Forgotten Harvest Foodbank
  • Focus:HOPE Foodbank
  • Life Remodeled
  • PartnershipUs
  • Michigan Youth In Government
  • Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation – Building For America’s Bravest
  • Detroit Economic Club – Young Leader’s Career Readiness program

Tom also participates in events to raise awareness and help solve issues such as veteran homelessness, Multiple Sclerosis, and to advance cancer research, such as:

  • Komen Race For The Cure
  • American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb
  • MS Society MuckFest MS
  • Wounded Warriors Foundation – Tough Mudder
  • Operation Gratitude – Merrell Down and Dirty Race

Some of Tom’s previous roles were:

  • Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority – Community Advisory Committee Board Member
  • Secretary of the Young Democrats of Michigan 2009-2011
  • Columnist for The State News 2007-2008
  • Adviser to Spartans For Obama 2008
  • President of Spartans for Progressive Divestment 2008
  • President of Spartans for Richardson 2007
  • Detroit Young Professionals Leadership Team 2013

You can find a copy of Tom’s resume here