About Aaron

I am not a lawyer, and I am not a politician. I am a scientist, and I have fought my entire life to get to where I am today - and it was no easy feat. One of three children in a true working-class family, the odds have always been stacked against us. When I graduated from Elyria High School in 2004, I knew that making it through college would be a challenge every single semester. Not because of grades, but rather because my family did not have the resources to pay for school - so every semester was a frantic struggle to find the money for my education. Somehow I managed it, and at the end of four years, I graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in physics, and stayed on two more years to earn a Master of Science in the same field. Since then, I've worked a variety of jobs - from teaching adjunct at Lorain County Community College, to working as an engineer for a contractor to the US Navy, to where I am today, working for a high-tech aerospace company in Middleburg Heights.

I fought hard and worked harder to get to where I am today, working a job that I love, working on science that matters. But being an observer of national politics, and seeing the direction of the country in recent years, has me concerned. It has me concerned that my story - coming from a working class family struggling to get by, to living firmly in the middle class today - is the last gasp of the American dream. When I graduated college, the costs were staggering, and the struggle to repay loans is one that has enormous consequences on my life. Students today must somehow deal with even greater costs, with less aid, after making it through a public school system that is failing them on multiple levels. And when they do graduate, they can face a lot of uncertainty on the job market - something I know and have experienced first hand. Meanwhile, Congress is stuck in the past, trying to prop up fading technologies and industries, while actively fighting against forces that could reshape the American economy for the better. Instead of helping to support our middle class through uncertain times, to provide a truly level playing field for all Americans, Congress has instead worked as hard as they could to dismantle those policies that elevate the lower and middle classes, to benefit themselves and the donor class. We cannot and should not stand for that - and I won't.

It's in the face of these concerns - and many others - that I have decided to run for Congress in 2018, competing for the 16th district in Ohio. This isn't a decision I take lightly, but I think that if given the opportunity, I can be a great force of change for both Ohio and the nation as a whole. I will be a progressive voice that speaks for change, that fights for and defends the working class, and I will not be intimidated by the elite. I will go to DC to make this district and this country a better place for all of us.
Now more than ever, the composition of Congress will be critical in paving the path forward for America. Whether it's defending social programs that help the impoverished or fighting for increased funding for our educational systems, Ohio needs a representative that will fight for the average Ohioan, not the wealthy elite.