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.