One of three children in a working-class family, I graduated from Elyria High School in 2004. From there I went to college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Beating the odds, I became the first person in my family to graduate college when I earned my Bachelor’s in Physics in 2008, followed by my Master’s in 2010, also from Miami University. Since then, I’ve worked a variety of jobs – from teaching 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.
Seeing the direction of the country in recent years has me concerned that my story is the last gasp of the American dream. Congress is stuck in the past, trying to prop up fading technologies and dying industries, while actively fighting against forces that could reshape the American economy for the better.
It’s in the face of this concern – and many others – that I decided to run for Congress to represent the 16th district of Ohio. In Congress, I will be a progressive voice that speaks for change, that fights for and defends Ohioans.
When not at my day job, I serve as deputy treasurer for the Western Cuyahoga County Democrats PAC, a grassroots-funded PAC that helps to get local candidates elected. I also serve on the Cuyahoga Democratic Party Executive & Central Committees for Westlake, and I am an active member of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. Lastly, I also serve on the Board of Directors for a large farm animal sanctuary in Ravenna, Ohio, and am the Outings Chair for the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Aaron resides in Westlake with his girlfriend Cathy, a nonprofit professional, and their two rescue dogs. Together they support a variety of nonprofits, including the Conservancy for CVNP, Cleveland Zoological Society, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and the Friendship Animal Protective League.