I am an ordinary, everyday working-class 35-year-old mother. I am from Van Wert, OH, where I have lived most of my life. I graduated from Van Wert High School in 2005. After graduating high school, I attended college at Bowling Green State University and earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in English and history. I have been with my partner for 10 years, and we have an eight-year-old son together.
I have a working-class background. I have primarily held low-wage service jobs, including food service and retail and most, recently as a childcare provider running a small daycare out of my home. My resume may not look like that of a typical candidate for elected office, but I believe my experiences have afforded my a much-needed perspective that is quite different from most who currently hold office.
I am very familiar with the struggles of the average Ohioan. I have, and am living it. I know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck. I know what it's like to not be able to pay your bills on time or worry that you won't have grocery money or gas money to get to work. I know what it's like to be drowning in student loan and medical debt that you're pretty sure you'll never be able to pay off. I know about the struggles of families to find and afford childcare. I know about the struggle to find affordable housing. I know about the reality of working 12+ hour days 5-6 days a week and still not being able to get ahead financially.
And I know that these struggles are the result of policy decisions that put money before people, corporate profits before the public good, and benefit a wealthy few at the expense of the working- and middle-class.
I am running for office to put people first.