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."