Nick grew up in Holland, Ohio—a small working class town outside of Toledo. He’s the oldest of three kids. His mother is an artist and a hairdresser. His father is a small business owner. Growing up, his parents were adamant about creativity, community, and connection. They encouraged Nick to participate in the community and find ways to give back. As a result, Nick spent much of his youth volunteering and finding ways to be of service.
In high school, Nick had the opportunity to travel abroad, engaging in service work with a humanitarian organization. This experience opened his eyes to underserved communities world-wide. When he returned home, Nick realized that many of these same injustices were present in his own neighborhood.
Nick went on to study at Indiana University where he received a degree in Journalism. During his freshman year of college, his mother was unable to afford health insurance, and Nick had no way to help her. That is when Nick began volunteering for the Obama campaign. Nick worked to register student voters, helping to flip that state for the first time in nearly 50 years. When President Obama won and the Affordable Care Act was passed into law, Nick’s mother was able to get the care she needed. This medical security gave her the freedom to open her own small business. This was the moment that sparked Nick’s interest in politics, because he realized that every decision, from voting to volunteering, affects millions of people’s lives— just like it affected his mother’s.
OH-05 is located in the heartland of America: a district made up of farmers, labor workers, teachers, and nurses. Our current representative is a bureaucratic millionaire, bought by the very companies he is tasked to control. He does not speak for the people of our district, nor does he listen to them
Nick believes that we deserve better. In OH-05, we work hard, and we need to know we have someone working hard for us— someone who understands the burdens of student debt and inaccessible healthcare. Our district needs someone who knows how to punch a time clock, and who will advocate for working people.
Nick knows that this fight will not be easy. We are up against a gerrymandered district, an entrenched incumbent, and dark money forces that are ready to spend endless amounts of dollars to ensure that corporate America stays in charge. This might seem daunting, but Nick has been here before. He has organized, he has lead, he has overcome.
We are building a grassroots movement powered by generational change. We know the people of OH-05 want to be heard, and that is why Nick is ready to listen. He will go to every county, every city, and every town. Our campaign will be powered by people, not corporations. Nick believes in OH-05, and the future belongs to those who believe.
Expanding Our Healthcare
Healthcare is a right and not a privilege. The Affordable Care Act improved the lives of my family and millions of Americans, but we can’t stop there.
No one in this country should go bankrupt because they can’t afford basic care. Medicare for All will allow us to offer full vision, dental, and mental health benefits to every American. We can ensure that we are investing in preventative care without having the burden of skyrocketing co-pays, premiums, and deductibles. It is time we join almost every other developed nation in the world, and value patients over profits.
Protecting Our Environment
The Climate Crisis is real. This is a global issue that will affect millions of people world-wide, and we need to ensure that we are leading the charge for environmental justice.
The United States must transition to a carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system. This will not only help to save the planet, but it will offer outstanding economic opportunities for OH-05 and the nation. While some politicians have spent their careers denying the existence of Climate Change, I will spend my time in Congress taking a proactive approach and support legislation that will create high-paying green jobs and help protect the planet for generations to come.
We need to end the practice of mass incarceration, funding towards for-profit prisons and detention centers, and ensure the release of individuals incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses.
While the United States is home to nearly 5% of the world’s population, we sadly contain nearly 25% of all incarcerated individuals worldwide. This statistic is made even more staggering when you look at the breakdown of our prison population based on race. Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprise 56% of all incarcerated people. We need to end the practice of mass incarceration, funding towards for-profit prisons and detention centers, and ensure the release of individuals incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses.