About Alaina Shearer
Alaina is a businessperson, mother, and former journalist who was born and raised in Ohio. As a resident of Liberty Township in Delaware County, she’s running as a Democrat for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District because of her firm belief that as Americans, we must all do our patriotic duty right now. Alaina believes that with the right leadership, we can heal divides, make government function effectively for all Americans, and ensure our children are better off than the generations before them.
Many know Alaina from her time as a radio personality on the Morning Zoo with Dave and Jimmy and as a news anchor and reporter on 610 WTVN where she won two Associated Press awards. Leading up to the Great Recession, Alaina shifted her career and became a self-taught digital strategist. In 2009, with all of the economic odds stacked against her, Alaina chose to start her own digital marketing agency.
Seeing a vast gender divide in the digital space, she wanted to help other women grow in their careers and started a professional and social association for women called Together Digital. Today, the organization celebrates a network of nearly 2,000 members in over twenty cities nationwide. Together Digital 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.
Alaina understands the impact burdensome medical costs can have on an entire family. Her grandmother, a vibrant, happy, single mom who raised her four boys just South of Worthington on a secretary’s salary had to make a choice no one should ever have to make. After her terminal cancer diagnosis in the 1960’s she said good-bye to her sons and took her own life peacefully to avoid any more medical care, the bills that would follow and of course, the unbearable pain. Her death would be just one of the reasons Alaina’s father decided to become a physician. And after years of serving his community as a family practice and emergency room physician in both Delaware and Athens, he would lose his own life to cancer at the age of only 52.
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. And 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. She is fiercely dedicated to ensuring her children, and all of Ohio’s children, are able to have the opportunity to work hard and prosper, gain access to affordable healthcare, and feel safe in their schools and neighborhoods.
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 loans. In 2016, recognizing the obstacles against women in tech and digital, Alaina starts an organization called Women in Digital. Now known as Together Digital, the 2K member group spans across over 20 cities nationwide.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