As a product of Northeast Ohio,
I understand what it truly means to be a member of this resilient and proud community. I spent the first few years of my life on the shores of Lake Erie playing on the beaches of Ashtabula and it breaks my heart to see those clear blue waters I remember as a child be ruined. As a single parent, my mother moved me and my brother to Cleveland when I was seven years old so she could work full-time while going to Cleveland State. During these challenging times, she relied on the social safety net of government assistance programs to help keep us fed, clothed, and warm while she worked to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher. After moving to North Olmsted, where I attended Maple Elementary, my mother finally had the chance to buy our family a home in Berea, Ohio which is where I graduated in 2009. While attending Berea High School, I was actively involved and interested in the world of politics. I was a member of the Junior Statesmen of America as well as my class Vice President. Although I was still too young to vote in the 2008 presidential election, I felt compelled to be a part of the process and volunteered to work the polling station in my district. After high school, I attended Cleveland State University where I graduated with a degree in Political Science. My fiancée and I moved to Rocky River from Lakewood, and we fell in love with this side of the river. That's why I want a better future for it. I want to spend the rest of my life here and continue to fight for better sidewalks, more fiscal transparency, larger greenspace, improving opportunities, and lowering our residents tax burden.