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United States of America — Democratic PartyCandidate for President

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Michael A. Ellinger

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As a part of a Midwest middle class family, I understand and have experienced the daily challenges working families face.  I was born and raised in Ohio and my parents taught me the value of hard work, being self-sufficient and being myself (sometimes hard to do in a family of six kids).  Growing up, I worked a variety of jobs including paperboy, restaurant server, city landscaping summer crew member, pizza delivery and Burger King employee. 

I earned a B.S. in Business Administration at Miami University (Oxford, OH) and am currently completing my Master’s Degree in the Field of Government from Harvard University Extension School (on-track to graduate in May 2020). 

The United States has a diverse population with many cultures and income levels.  My professional career has been in the financial services and technology industries as a founding employee of an Internet start-up and a Silicon Valley technology company project manager..  I have learned valuable lessons about dedicating my time to creating a successful venture, being flexible and developing processes. I have witnessed firsthand ordinary people from all nationalities and walks of life build their dream businesses and identified our country's needs to help all citizens prosper and experience their best lives.  I would take pride in being a steward of our diverse population and championing for changes which impact our country.

I am running because I know I have a message which resonates with the majority of our friends and neighbors and I will fight for all of you and an agenda that matters most and will positively reverberate across our nation and across the world.  I decided to further my education and run for office while witnessing (perhaps like many of you) our cherished political institutions deteriorate over the past two years.  I am entering the race now because it is clear that the Democratic party does not have a strong candidate that will inspire hope.  I CAN!

With your support, I will bring our country back from a divisive quagmire and bring common sense and decency to our political discussion.  The tribalism emanating out of party politics is not healthy for our children, ourselves and our nation.  I grew up with various family and friends who identify at the extremes of both political ideologies and I understand how to relate to each group and what both sides need to heal and unite.  I am here to stand up for and fight for all of you. 

My wife and I have been blessed with a healthy, inquisitive and precocious son and I am not going to let our nation go down a dark path because of greed only to leave his generation in dire straits.  But, I am always optimistic about our future and know in my heart that we can defend true progressive values, preserve everyone's God-given and Constitutional rights and put this country in a direction to lead the world in economic prosperity and provide security for all of our citizens. 

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