Who am I?

I am a 48 year old actuary, a small business owner, and a former high school math and physics teacher.

I'm also the son of Polish immigrants, survivors of Siberian prison camps during World War II, who, like so many others, came to this country pursuing the American Dream.

Born and raised in the mid-West, I grew up on small farm with three brothers. My father worked as a state employee for the department of transportation. My mother worked the second shift in a factory until my parents saved enough to buy their farm. The farmhouse only had two bedrooms, but by saving and living modestly, my parents gave all four of us the greatest gift they could - the gift of college educations.

In college, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a teaching certificate.

I started my career as a high school math and physics teacher before later discovering the actuarial profession. Working as public sector actuary, for the last 20+ years I've helped government entities across the nation fund billions of dollars of pension and health obligations, providing secure retirement for millions of people. As an actuary, I am uniquely suited to addressing Social Security funding issues, expanding traditional pension plans for both public and private sector employees, and ensuring affordable healthcare is available for all.

During my business career, I have worked inside and outside of government, with management roles at organizations of every size. I served on the Board of Directors for a medium sized company and was the US practice leader for a multi-national corporation.

I am also a small business owner, owning Move Your Hyde yoga studios in Cincinnati, with his wife Missy. As a socially progressive businessman, I bring integrity, a belief in respect and opportunity for all, and a common sense business approach to governing.

Why am I running?

I have a genuine desire to bring integrity to Washington.

Congress is broken right now. This is the least productive Congress in modern history. Jobs bills aren't being passed. Veterans are waiting over 10 months for benefits earned. Social Security is not being funded. Our elected representatives are not doing their jobs. They seem more interested in serving their own political careers instead of helping those they represent. They made promises to voters, seniors, and veterans and are not keeping those promises!

The people of the Ohio deserve better.

I am running to represent our district with integrity and get the job done.

My Goals

My top three goals are:

(1) Bringing integrity to Congress. Congress is broken right now. It is the least productive Congress in modern history. Jobs bills are not being passed. Veterans are waiting over 10 months for benefits earned. Social Security is not being funded. Integrity means keeping your promises to voters, seniors, and veterans.

(2) Creating jobs and a fair playing field that provides opportunities for everyone to succeed and live the American Dream. This includes making college more affordable, strengthening labor unions, and protecting women's rights in the workplace.

(3): Keeping government small when it comes to our private lives. We all have the right to live our private lives with integrity and without government intrusion into our decisions and data. When it comes to our personal and private lives, small government is best.

In Congress, I will work passionately to remind my fellow representatives what integrity means and speak out against votes with no purpose other than to motivate the base to donate, like the 50+ votes to repeal or defund the ACA.

My DFA Values

Right now in our country, too many things divide us. We have gender wage discrepancy, marriage laws, and most importantly a gap in opportunity. As the child of immigrants, I was fortunate enough that my parents worked hard and were able to provide my brothers and I with a college education. They achieved the American Dream. With their hard work and help, so has each member of my family. I believe every member of our society deserves that same chance. Not everyone has that chance. We need to start earlier to ensure children have a quality education, give them a fair chance at achieving a scholarship. We need to increase Pell grants and loosen the stranglehold of student debt, not only for their sake of our children, but also for the sake of our economy. Education is the great equalizer in this country and we need to focus on it more.

I believe in small government in our private lives. The security of our nation is of paramount importance; however, it cannot be at the expense of our personal liberties. We have to draw a line and not let the government collect all of our data, spying on its own citizens without a warrant.

Government should enrich our lives and provide us with opportunities to succeed, not to hold us back. When the government prevents someone from marrying the person that they love, they deny them certain rights and privileges. The ability to file taxes as a family, insurance benefits, hospital visitation rights, among many others, the most important being the recognition of commitment to one another. This limitation is simply unacceptable.

Part of the foundation of this country is “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Government should do its best to provide the tools necessary for each citizen to achieve this dream and part of doing so is being able to be treated when you are sick. I support, and am covered by, the Affordable Care Act and believe in its importance to our society. Providing everyone access to affordable healthcare is government playing its role in society.

My campaign is not just about bringing integrity to Congress and getting things working again but it's about providing respect and equal opportunity for all Americans and allowing them to achieve their dreams just a little bit easier.

My Campaign is People Powered!

One of the many reasons I chose to run for Congress was to work for the citizens of my District. I began my campaign by attending as many of the Democratic and related clubs in the district as I could, to fully understand the issues that mean the most to the people of the Ohio 2nd District. With several counties still hampered by double-digit unemployment percentages, the economy and jobs are the number one priority. The Affordable Care Act remains a topic of conversation, especially as the news continues to cover both the positive and the negative. In addition, people spoke of their concerns about fracking and the environment, women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom to marry, among many others. I sought counsel from local community leaders, elected officials, and members of the business community to engage them in reaching common goals.

In order to rally voters, you have to discover what they know about and care about. I have listened and formulated my messaging to bring enthusiasm to the base. Through direct mail, phone banks, and canvassing we have been able to reach over 33,000 Democratic voters thus far. Moving forward, I want that outreach to continually grow. I want to engage the Democrats and independents in the community to help build support for the campaign, make phone calls, and knock on doors, everything possible to bring us a win. I want to organize phone banking and/or canvassing efforts throughout the district to be run on a near daily basis, while also showing support at local community events and updating our progress on social media.

Campaigns are never about the person running but about the people who are being asked to vote. They deserve to have their opinions heard and their interests represented. The more I talk to people the more, the more they appreciate the efforts we are making and I believe they will stand with us and help us turn the Ohio 2nd blue again.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Heather Goldthorpe
  • Theresa Tyszkiewicz
  • Debbie Kruse
  • Debbie Clark
  • Andrea Brusstar
  • Melissa Tyszkiewicz
  • Charles Myers
  • Cristin Bosom
  • Nico DiMarco
  • Shelly Bragan
...and 1 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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