I grew up in a small Midwestern town. From an early age, I learned the value of hard work from my parents.
My dad owned, operated, and was the sole employee of a small business fixing cars which my grandfather built in 1951. My mom took care of me and balanced the books for my dad’s business while working on and off during my childhood.
Because of my parents’ hard work, I was able to be the first person in my family to graduate college. After graduation, I assumed I would have nothing but opportunity, but my graduation coincided with an economic downturn and vanishing jobs in my field.
Like so many Ohioans, I struggled to figure out my next move.
After trying a few different paths, I gambled on myself and started law school in the fall of 2006. I worked part-time and took classes part-time to limit my debt and cover my expenses.
In May 2010, I graduated and joined my wife in Ohio. In law school, I knew I wanted to find a career in public service specifically as a prosecutor. Since I knew no one in Ohio, I would have to make my own way.
I sent letters to every county prosecutor within a two-hour drive of my wife’s work. I made phone calls. I sent e-mails. I followed up with everyone I could to make sure I got an opportunity.
In November 2010, I was fortunate to start working as an intern in the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. I passed the bar in May 2011 and started working as a prosecutor for Summit County shortly after.
I started in the Juvenile Division, working with the Children’s Services Board to protect the children of Summit County. After almost a year, I was promoted to the criminal felony division where I work today.
I love my job. I work with some of the most dedicated public servants I’ve ever met. I get to hold people accountable for their actions and help crime victims find closure after terrible events.
I am running for office because I am ready for the next challenge. I am running because I want to be proactive in helping families tackle issues. I am running because I want to make sure tomorrow is better than yesterday for my family, for my district, and for all of Ohio.
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