Young will take data-based approach to D.C.

Anderson Township resident Marek Tyszkiewicz is an actuary and former U.S. House candidate.

W. Edwards Deming, the man who helped save the Japanese auto industry, famously once said, “In God we trust; all others bring data.” Folks, our politics need saving and Deming’s advice is how we do it.

Often we trust our political leaders and rarely ask to see the data. In speaking with my friends, conservatives and progressives alike, their arguments for supporting policy decisions are almost always anecdotal, not based on facts or solid research.

Think about the case to raise the minimum wage. How many local businesses would be impacted, how much of the higher wages paid would flow back into the community, how much more would be collected as additional tax, how would prices of goods and services change? We don’t know.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Think about all the data you’re flooded with in other areas of your life. Take football for example. Whether you’re watching a game on TV or picking your fantasy lineup, you can access as much data as you want to your heart’s content. Information like, how successful has your team been on third down, how many points is your player projected to score, what’s the probability of scoring given the field position, and much more is readily available.

Likewise, as a pension actuary, I am frequently asked to analyze the impact of changes to retirement systems. These studies include 100-year projections, sensitivity analysis, winners and losers lists, and more.

My dream is to bring this same rigor to how we analyze our public policy options, especially the winners and losers list. When we discuss changing the tax code, saving Social Security, raising the minimum wage, paying down our national debt, I want to see a clear model of exactly who’s impacted and how. Show me a baseline model of where we’re currently at and then show me the same model reflecting the proposed changes. I want this model to be transparent and open source so that anyone can look at and decide for themselves if the proposed changes make sense.

In short, I want to have as much data in front of me when I make policy decisions as an NFL coach has when they decide whether to go for it on fourth down.

But a model like this by itself is not enough. Congress controls the purse strings of the country. We need representatives that will look at the winners and losers in their district when voting on bills, and make fact based decisions, not ones that cater to the special interests funding their campaigns.

That was my goal when I ran for Congress in 2014 – to bring fact-based fiscal responsibility to Congress while also protecting our civil liberties. I’m not running in this election, but there is someone else on the ballot I am confident has these same goals. Her name is Michele Young and she is running to represent Ohio’s 1st Congressional District.

Michele came to Cincinnati on a Greyhound bus 25 years ago with nothing more than an interview appointment to be a law clerk. Since then, she has built one of the most successful law firms in the city and has been a champion for women’s rights.

Folks, you don’t get to where Michele is today without making sound, fact-based business decisions. I know she is the person we should send to Congress to make those fiscally responsible decisions for us and encourage you to vote for Michele Young in this election.

Son: Michele Young just what Congress is missing

Jacob Young is a first-year Echols scholar at the University of Virginia and the son of Michele Young, an Indian Hill attorney and the Democratic candidate for Ohio's 1st Congressional District.

In early February, my mother Michele Young found herself on the fence of running for office. She knew it would be a colossal undertaking, and as someone devoted to the family, she was truly torn. I told her, resolutely, to run.

Mom is witty, intelligent, genuine, and has a true compassion for our district. At home, she has been an outstanding role model and parent. While I may miss being greeted by her voice every morning and teaming up with her on Flipdaddy’s trivia nights, I know she has much more to offer our community and nation.

She is exactly what Washington, D.C., is missing.

Mom isn’t concerned with self-promotion. She’s noble, trustworthy, and kind. When discussing the issues, she elevates respect and balance. She bestows those around her with hope and optimism. Once she accomplishes her goals, her plan is to return home as a true civil servant would do.

Mom’s political and social causes have always been outside the D.C. beltway. Never before had she even considered a run for elected office. Yet after a tumultuous, divisive year in politics, she finally had enough. Like many, she lost faith in D.C. and decided to become part of the solution, embarking on an upstart race in Ohio’s 1st District.

In the past few weeks, her decision has been validated. In light of pressing problems, compromises have all but vanished. Representatives have consistently placed their party above their district (Incumbent 96.4 percent of the time with party). Party elites have tampered in elections. Politicians have prioritized winning re-election over telling the truth.

There are so many pressing concerns in our district from the Brent Spence Bridge to terribly high poverty rates. We need a champion and a voice. We need someone with a working-mother-of-five work ethic to solve gridlocked issues.

I know my mother will never back down from her principles. She will not toe the party line or be a candidate for sale. She will stand for what she believes in, and she will stand up for our district. Every word she says comes from her heart. Perhaps she is an idealist at times, but D.C. could use a unifying vision for our republic. That’s why we need her in Congress.

Mom has taught me to dream. If she gets the opportunity to serve, she will bring a grander vision for our nation and a willingness to come off the sidelines and take a stand. With mom’s tenacity, this district has already become competitive. I believe we can move beyond party lines and create a better democracy in D.C. It’s time to think big and send her to Congress.

Quarterly Fundraising Update - Young Exceeds $50k Goal in Second Quarter of 2016

The Michele Young for Congress campaign announced today that they have exceeded the campaign’s $50,000 fundraising goal in the second quarter of 2016. The successful efforts, featuring hundreds of individual donations, ensures that Michele's message will be spread across the district. Leaders across the nation are taking note. The momentum is building and the campaign thanks those in the First District who join us in believing in change. 

“We are truly amazed at the success of our fundraising efforts and we are certainly running a competitive campaign,” said campaign manager Susie Cioffi. “What we have done in a short time frame since entering the race on February 12th is remarkable. We swept all 505 precincts in the contested primary and garnered the endorsements of community leaders and unions. We are running a lean campaign based on the strength of the voters - unlike our opponent who relies on the funds of special interest funded super PACs.” Michele Young, a first-time candidate, is proud to have raised 86% of her contributions from individual Ohioans. Her opponent, Congressman Steve Chabot, received 77% of his contributions from PACs and out-of-state donors.

The Michele Young for Congress campaign has been working nonstop to make this race competitive. We have been at community events around the district engaging with thousands of voters. The vibrant message of creating a nation that works for all of us is resonating. The campaign thanks everyone for all the support it has received and will continue to work with the people of the district to finally bring Congressman Chabot home. It’s time for a real voice for the First District.

Michele Young Wins Democratic Nomination

Michele Young won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress in Ohio's 1st District. 

Young, an attorney, civic leader and author, would be the first woman and mother to serve the district.

She was endorsed by both the Hamilton County Democratic Party and the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus.

She, Fred Kundrata, and Jim Berns were the three candidates in the race. She took 68% of the vote and placed first in all 505 voting precincts.

Young said, "I am very grateful and humbled by the trust placed in me by the voters of our district. In one month, we showed that we could run a positive campaign friend to friend across our community and win a clean sweep of every precinct in OH-1." 

Her competitor in November will be Republican Steve Chabot.

Senator Brown Endorses Young for Congress

U.S. Senator from Ohio Sherrod Brown endorsed Democrat Michele Young in her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio’s first district.   Young, a mother of five, attorney, and civic leader has spent her career contributing to the well-being of the community.  Young supported Coroner Sammarco in obtaining a state-of-the-art crime lab for Hamilton County, and brought people together for the “Don’t text and drive” campaign.  Young, who arrived in Cincinnati twenty-five years ago on a Greyhound bus, has never looked back.  Young now looks forward to serving the people of Ohio’s first district as a Representative who brings people together, who reaches out with common sense solutions to problems, and who serves as a champion for her constituents.  

“I am grateful for Senator Brown’s endorsement,” said Young, “He is the champion of the people.”   Senator Brown’s endorsement follows the Hamilton County Democratic Party, the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus, Mayor John Cranley, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco, and Councilman Chris Seelbach. 

On February 12, Michele Young announced she was running. On February 14, Warren County Chair Bethe Goldenfield posted the announcement on Facebook with her personal endorsement.  Since then, leaders from every walk of life have come on board in support of Young: former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Eric Brown, former Ohio Secretary of State the Honorable Jennifer Brunner, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Great Cincinnatian Francie Pepper, civil rights legends David Singleton and Arzell Nelson, civic leaders Greg Landsman, Rob Richardson, Barbara Gould, Michelle Dillingham, Dan Traicoff,  Amy Klekamp Geers and many more.

“The support transcends political and geographical lines.  The Facebook announcement went viral, reaching thirty-five thousand in less than ten days,” said Carey Markoe of the Young campaign.

Ms. Young is a first-time candidate in this race.  Both of her opponents previously ran for Congress in other political parties.

Mayor Cranley Supports Young for Congress

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has endorsed Democrat Michele Young in her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohios first district. Young, a mother of five, attorney, and civic leader has spent her career contributing to the well-being of the community.  Young supported Coroner Sammarco in obtaining a state-of-the-art crime lab for Hamilton County, and brought people together for the “Dont text and drive” campaign.  Young, who arrived in Cincinnati twenty-five years ago on a Greyhound bus, has never looked back.  Young now looks forward to serving the people of Ohios first district as a Representative who brings people together, who reaches out with common sense solutions to problems, and who serves as a champion for her constituents.  

“I am grateful and honored by our Mayor’s endorsement,” said Young, “John is an old friend.  We both are inspired by the example of Father Robert Drinan, a Jesuit Priest and Congressperson who exemplified service to the people.  John works non-stop for our city.”

This endorsement follows Hamilton County Democratic Party, the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus, Senator Sherrod Brown, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco, and Councilman Chris Seelbach and many more. 

On February 12, Michele Young announced she was running. On February 14, Warren County Chair Bethe Goldenfield posted the announcement on Facebook with her personal endorsement.  Since then, leaders from every walk of life have come on board in support of Young: former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Eric Brown, former Ohio Secretary of State the Honorable Jennifer Brunner, Great Cincinnatian Francie Pepper, civil rights legends David Singleton and Arzell Nelson, civic leaders Greg Landsman, Rob Richardson, Barbara Gould, Michelle Dillingham, Amy Klekamp Geers and many more.

“The support transcends political and geographical lines.  The Facebook announcement went viral, reaching thirty-five thousand in less than ten days,” said Carey Markoe of the Young campaign.

Ms. Young is a first-time candidate in this race.  Both of her opponents previously ran for Congress in other political parties.

Michele Young Announces Congressional Run

Attorney, civic leader, and author Michele Young announced today that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Congress in Ohio’s First District, which includes Greater Cincinnati and Warren County. If elected, Ms. Young would be the first mother to serve the district in this important role. She is the only candidate in this contest endorsed by both the Hamilton County Democratic Party and the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus.

Both of her primary opponents have run unsuccessfully for Congress before – one as a Republican in another district, the other twice in District One as a Libertarian candidate. “The voters of this congressional district deserve a real choice,” said Young. “The stakes are too high. For those of us who care about the lives we are entrusted to serve, partisan politics is a luxury we can’t afford. Now is the time to think differently and dream bigger dreams. I will answer only to the citizens of this district and refuse to join in the divisive bickering that passes for public discourse these days.”

The daughter of two New York City public-school teachers, Young arrived in Cincinnati on a Greyhound bus 25 years ago to serve as a law clerk to a U.S. Circuit Court judge. A Georgetown University Law Center graduate and former adjunct law professor, she has written many editorials and articles and co-authored a 728-page book for the American Bar Association on the Affordable Care Act and medical malpractice. While raising five children, Young worked with her husband to research and trade stocks in the 1990s and to expand the family law firm to ten Ohio and Kentucky offices in the 2000s.

A close brush with death in 2009 led Michele Young to refocus her priorities on giving back to the community, by providing legal counsel to clients ranging from prominent political and human rights leaders to the poor and powerless. Young managed the 2012 landslide campaign victory of Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco – the first Hindu, first female, and first Indian immigrant to be elected as Hamilton County Coroner. She also co-chaired the successful campaign of Judge Nadine Allen that year. The Cincinnati Political Women’s Caucus honored Young as an Outstanding Woman of Achievement in 2014.

Noted for reaching across political and demographic lines, she has developed bipartisan coalitions in support of public-safety initiatives, including Coroner Sammarco’s efforts to secure a state-of-the-art forensic crime laboratory for Hamilton County. While working with interfaith leaders to make Cincinnati a more welcoming environment for all, Young has also spearheaded several effective public-interest and media campaigns. Her innovative “Don’t text and drive!” public-service ads featuring local celebrities reach hundreds of thousands of Tri-State homes daily on three local television stations.

“I’m an attorney and a mother of five, with a busy professional and family life,” said Young. “So why am I running for Congress? I want to give a voice to the families who are struggling just to hold it all together, in a nation where the American Dream seems increasingly out of reach. When I asked myself what I could do for my kids and yours, I decided I should offer to serve the First Congressional District of Ohio.”  

Marketing professionals and graphic artists volunteered to design the campaign website Micheleyoung.org-which was then built by her son, reflecting the campaign's philosophy that our elections should be determined by the quality of the candidate's character and devotion to service, not the size of his or her wallet. "We can have a politics where momentum, created by the collective energy of citizens, helps to balance the playing field for all Americans."