Arik is a security engineer, parent, and public education advocate. He’s running to represent Colorado’s newly redistricted State Senate District 9, a rapidly growing mix of suburban and rural population, and he’s fighting to improve Colorado’s public education system, invest in infrastructure (including affordable access to necessary utilities), and fund public services that are necessary for every Coloradan (including healthcare, fire safety, transportation, and so much more). He has spoken out for gun control to keep children and families safe from gun violence. He has spoken for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive education to ensure an excellent education for every child. Arik lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and four young children.