My name is Alaina Shearer, and I’m running to win Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. I’m running for a million reasons. The first 700,000 are the people of District 12, including my children.

All of us, no matter our income, no matter our place in life or our standing, need true representation in Washington and a representative who we can trust to uphold the values of this District above any partisan agenda.

I am running to give the people of District 12 a representative who will stand up for our rights to: affordable healthcare, paid family leave, equal pay, future-oriented job growth, and a clean planet.

Ultimately, as a business owner and a mother, I can not choose to stand down and watch as our current representative continues to choose partisan politics over all else. When encouraged to run by my friends, colleagues, family, and my children I could not pass on this opportunity to do what I do best and bring real change to District 12.

I see it as a patriotic duty and it’s my greatest honor ever to be your Democratic Candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District.

Today, we stand divided and at a virtual stand still.

While we face more challenges than we can count, we stand totally divided thanks to the 2.5+ hours a day we are each spending on social media. Each of us has our own unique feed tailored to our likes and interests, and as a result, many of us believe, without a doubt, that anyone who stands on the other side of an issue is dead wrong or deeply disturbed.

In the meantime, our nation is facing issues we can no longer afford to ignore – rising healthcare costs, the fact that income inequality has reached its highest point in 50 years, a rapidly changing tech-focused economy that stands to eliminate millions of jobs in the next decade alone. Then there are issues like safe schools and immigration. The list goes on and on and it is a daunting one.

Here is the good news – this is not really who we are. 

When I look at my District and step away from the news and the social feeds, I see us. I see Ohioans just trying to make it all work. I see a community vibrant with people from every possible background. And I see that we need each other. We talk, we hug, we listen. We appreciate one another, and we respect one another. We love more than we hate.

I know this because I was born and raised right in Delaware, the heart of our District, and my father was raised by my grandmother just south of Worthington. I spent high school and college in Athens, not far from Zanesville. This is my home, and these are my people – and this is not us.

The one thing we can’t afford to do is to play into partisan politics. There is far too much at stake.

As a start-up business owner who specializes in bringing people together, I can tell you this with certainty – we must stay focused on the future and how we will get there and what it will look like. This is how we will move forward, faster and I intend to take us there.

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