About Alaina Shearer
Alaina Shearer is a leader, a change agent, a businessperson, and a mother. Above all she is an American who wants to heal her country’s divides and move forward, faster on the issues we can’t afford to ignore.
She’s running for Congress in Ohio’s 12th District for her children, her neighbors, her community and for her fellow small business owners. Born and raised in Delaware, Alaina is a Democrat who believes that people should come before special interests.
Prior to founding a digital agency in 2009, Alaina earned two Associated Press awards for her work as a radio journalist on WTVN and WNCI in Columbus. Most recently, in 2016, Alaina founded a national women’s association for women in tech and digital professions.
Today, Together Digital celebrates a network of nearly 2,000 members in over twenty cities nationwide. The network is responsible for changing thousands of women’s lives for the better with measured outcomes including raises, paid leaves, promotions, continuing education, and above all, dramatically improving their odds of reaching equality in both pay and opportunity in their workplaces.
Another issue Alaina is incredibly passionate about is healthcare. Raised by a physician, Dr. Raymond Shearer who practiced in Delaware, Alaina is deeply troubled by the nation’s healthcare crisis and could only imagine what her father would think of it all if he were still with us today. Tragically Alaina’s father died of cancer in 1999 at only 52 years old.
Alaina believes healthcare is a human right and supports immediate action to relieve every American of rising healthcare bills and prescription drugs. Her family’s own bills are barely manageable when coupled with their monthly healthcare coverage and with no relief in sight and nothing but inaction in Washington Alaina is ready and prepared to fight for change. Her track record shows us she will not give up until that change is in motion.
Alaina is also a vocal advocate for paid family leave. Without any paid leave following her first pregnancy, she relied on the support of her mother to get back on her feet. As challenging as this moment was in her life, Alaina understood that many lack the path to safety that she narrowly found and committed to fighting for women’s issues, including guaranteed paid leave. However, as a business owner, she knows businesses can not bear this cost on their own.
Alaina and her husband Seth, are raising four children, Lily, Benjamin, Cohen, and Foster on a farm house built in 1807 in Liberty Township.
Leading a National Movement
In June of 2016, fed up with inequities faced by women in tech and digital fields, Alaina founded a group called Women in Digital. Now known as Together Digital, the group has grown to nationwide with chapters from Columbus to San Antonio and Seattle. After only one year of membership 51% of members reported receiving a raise or promotion, others have negotiated paid family leave and over 80% of members report feeling more confident. By leading this organization with over 200 volunteers, Alaina has proven herself capable of leading her diverse Congressional District. Our District needs a leader who will fight for what we believe in, not one who simply takes orders from the top. Alaina has always been and always will be a fighter who bucks the status quo to create change.Read more
2009 – 2016 Growing a Digital Agency to over $1M
As a single mother and without venture funding or family wealth, Alaina starts her own digital agency in 2009 at the start of the Great Recession. She goes on to defy defies the odds by becoming one of the 1.7% of women business owners who grows a business past $1 million in revenue. Her business growth was not without its ups and downs. In those years Alaina met every challenge small and medium-sized business owners face: rising healthcare costs for employees, a competitive job market, and zero assistance from the government or any Amazon-like tax breaks. She faced potential bankruptcy on more than one occasion but kept the business afloat with high-interest small business loans. She’s now a fierce advocate for consumer and small business protection and she believes more needs to be done to protect small businesses and to fuel their growth.Read more
2000-2006 Radio Days & Single Motherhood
In 1999, after losing her father to cancer, Alaina earns her Bachelor’s in Journalism from Ohio University. She graduates in 2001 and starts full-time as a reporter and news anchor for 610 WTVN. Soon after she becomes a co-host on the WNCI Morning Zoo with Dave & Jimmy. She loves her days in radio but ultimately makes a switch to marketing and advertising after realizing there are very few paths in radio for women. In 2006, Alaina’s first son is born. Four months later, Alaina puts an end to her abusive marriage and chooses to leave her husband. Without a safety net (all of her savings had been depleted by paying for her unpaid maternity leave), Alaina moves in with her mother in Southeast Ohio.Read more
1980’s | Growing up in Delaware
Alaina is born in Delaware, Ohio. Her father is a family physician who specializes in obstetrics and women’s health. Alaina’s mother helps her father with his practice and then opens a retail shop in Downtown Delaware called Essentials. The couple, both self-made and self-funded without any family wealth or investors, raise Alaina on the beliefs that nothing comes without an incredible amount of work, that one should always care for their neighbor, and that you should always fight for what you believe in.Read more
1950’s & 1960’s | Choosing a Peaceful Death over Medical Bills
Alaina’s grandmother, a secretary at Ohio State University and a single mom, raises her four sons with the help of her mother just south of Worthington on Lincoln Avenue. After a terminal cancer diagnosis, an incredible amount of pain and extremely limited funds or patience for continued treatment and care Anneliese makes the choice no person should ever have to make, says good-bye to her boys and peacefully takes her own life. The tragedy, in part, inspires Alaina’s father to become a physician.Read more
1940’s | WWII & Baseball
Alaina’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Spak, the son of Polish immigrants, plays baseball for the Yankee Farm System team during the war and he also joins the armed forces to fight in the Pacific during World War II.Read more
1930’s | Fleeing a Dictator
Alaina’s paternal grandmother, Annelise Friedberg, immigrates to the United States after fearing the worst when a military supported dictator named Adolf Hitler begins moving her beloved Germany toward war. She joins her brother who is studying at the Ohio State University and it is in Columbus where she meets her future husband and Alaina’s grandfather, Ernest Shearer.Read more