A little about myself before you look around to figure out who I am.
I am 28 years old, and a father of two awesome children (Austin at age 7, and Madison at age 5). My wife and I of almost seven years may have separated recently, but we are still on speaking terms and work together to provide for our children. In the fall of 2013, I finished four years at Ashford University to secure my Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Government alongside minor degrees in History and Public Administration. My mother, who passed away at the age of 49 in May of 2012, was a great inspiration for me as a father, laborer, and now as an aspiring public servant.
When I was about to turn 16 years old, she made me find a job so as to teach me about the value of work. Ever since, I have spent all but about two years of the last 12 years in the workforce. She also - as a single mother - instilled in me a dedication to my children and their well-being, even if it means that I must sacrifice my own. As for public service, she showed me - via her compassion towards others - that one must be selfless when considering the needs of your neighbors.
Since I was 18 years old, I have been politically engaged. I fell in love with the political process when I was 12 after a history teacher had my sixth grade class track the results of what turned out to be President Clinton's reelection. As an adult, I blogged and demonstrated in public against what I perceived to be grave injustices being perpetrated against us and our Constitution by the Bush Administration. Then, after President Obama took office, I made sure to criticize him where necessary as well. Currently, I count myself among a number of activists involved in a local campaign to liberate our democracy from the clutches of money.
Make no mistake about it, I'm not naive enough to think that we are at a point where a "post-partisan" politics is possible. However, I do believe - as did our Founding Fathers - that compromise is essential. I say this as a left-winger with principled stances (as you'll see by navigating the issue page). In the end, we are all in the same proverbial boat here, and we will either sail towards prosperity together or sink into the abyss of societal decline together.
We need a change of direction, and I hope that you will join me in shifting gears.
Sincerely, Daniel Crawford Candidate for Congress (OH-12)