Cuyahoga County Democratic Primary - May 8, 2018
What I'm Running For:- To build a stronger, more transparent, more accountable, and more progressive Democratic Party.- To represent the interests of EVERY Democratic voter, not just wealthy donors.- To make the Executive Committee fully elected by and accountable to the Central Committee.- To grow a bigger, more involved, and more informed electorate through regular neighborhood meetings and party outreach activities.- To create a more representative democracy through identifying, recruiting, and supporting more working class candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Who I Am:I'm a lifelong Clevelander, raised here in Old Brooklyn. My father worked nearly 30 years as a bus driver for RTA and semi truck driver, and continues to work as a security guard. My mother worked retail until her health forced her onto disability. My grandmother and cousins worked for Cleveland Public Schools. I graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School where I participated in the Navy JROTC program. I studied history, political science, and East Asian studies at John Carroll University and Cleveland State University, graduating from CSU with a B.A. in political science.
During college I interned for Congressman Dennis Kucinich at his Lakewood district office, volunteered for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. Financial hardship forced me to take a hiatus from my college career, during which I put my studies into action and ran for Cuyahoga County Council in 2010. Until I could finish my degree I continued to volunteer for progressive candidates and causes, met and married my wonderful wife Erin, and welcomed our son Avery into the world. With their support I was able to go back to CSU and complete my degree in 2017.
I work as a clockmaker at a local family-owned clock shop doing in-shop repairs and making house calls across the Greater Cleveland area.
Why I'm Running:I'm guided in life by the words of Thomas Paine: “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” I'm an idealistic person and I can't stand to sit on the sidelines. Democracy can't be a spectator sport. I can't just complain about our political leaders and not do something myself to be the change I want to see. I care about my community and I want to see it thrive. I want people to have faith in the political process and I want our representative democracy to actually represent the people. I want to educate people about the importance of party primaries, local elections, mid-term elections, judicial elections. I want to show people that we can accomplish great things when we organize together, when we stand together as a community, and when we show solidarity with other communities. I want to live up to my own ideals. I want to prove that you can be an idealist without losing sight of reality, and not let current political realities keep us from setting and achieving big goals. I want to set an example for my son and be someone he can look up to.
For More Information:You can contact me via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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