Ditchmen • NUCA of Florida Ditchmen • January 2018 - Page 5

Can you briefly tell us about your professional background? BRANDES: I was in the US Army from 1996 – 2007 then worked in the family lumber business. What inspired you to run for office? BRANDES: I was inspired to run as a way to continue my desire to give back, as well as my love for public policy. What is your favorite travel location? BRANDES: Any cruise ship, anywhere in the world. What are you currently reading? BRANDES: Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic by: Sam Quinones Grill master or reservations BRANDES: Reservations. What are your hobbies or interests outside of work? BRANDES: My 4 children. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be? BRANDES: Milton Friedman. What is your favorite book? BRANDES: Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman. Campfire or fireplace? BRANDES: Campfire. What was the first car you drove? BRANDES: Ford Thunderbird. • • •