Get to Know Mike Hamper

Get to Know Mike Hamper

Name: Mike Hamper III
Office you’re seeking: Ashtabula County Commissioner
Are you an incumbent? No
If no, do you currently hold an elected office? No, but I am the appointed Village of Jefferson Solicitor
Age: 29
Facebook: electhamper  Twitter: @electhamper
Website: www.electhamper.com

Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.) 

I grew up in Ashtabula County and always planned to return home after college to help create a better future for my family and community. I obtained a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from Ohio Northern University. I am currently a partner at the law firm Lemire & Hamper LLC in Jefferson, Ohio, and I also serve as the Solicitor for the Village of Jefferson. I serve on the Boards of LEADERship Ashtabula County and the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce. I’m also Legal Counsel for the Ashtabula County Young Democrats. I get excited about strategic planning, economic development, and building strong communities. I also love spending time with my wife, Carmen, and our dogs, Caspian & Maisy.

Why are you running for this office? 

My life’s goal is to help as many people as I can achieve their dreams and improve their communities. My high school history teacher, Dr. John Patterson, who now serves as my State Representative, taught me that government can do enormous good when it’s run by people who care for others. Inspired, I decided to attend college and law school so I could return home to help my community in that way.

The reason I’m running this year is because I believe Ashtabula County is at a crossroads and we must choose whether we will stick to the status quo or work together to build a better future for all of us. We deserve a future that is brighter than our past and I believe in our potential to build it. By forging strong communities, having hope in the future, and electing leaders who put people first, Ashtabula County’s voters have the chance to make a difference for generations to come.

What are the most important issues on your campaign? 

The focuses of my campaign are community, hope, and leadership. If Ashtabula County is going to thrive, we need to be a community that is made up of people who are invested in seeing each other succeed. Hope is believing in our potential, while rolling up our sleeves and getting to work together. Ashtabula County needs a strong leader to harness that sense of community and hope to create a better future for all of us. I’ve collaborated with community leaders and experts within Ashtabula County and throughout the country to develop a vision plan, which addresses 12 areas of potential, down to the bullet point. You can check it out at electhamper.com/vision.

Give us a fun fact about yourself. 

While participating in a legal exchange program in 2014, I visited Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, which is the site of the very first Parliament in the world that was founded in 930 AD, known as Althing.

What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?

It’s my home, first and foremost, but my favorite thing about Ohio is the people. Our history if rich with people standing up and fighting for what is right. Ohioans are generally pleasant, but also hearty enough to last through eight months of winter. I also love that I can visit anywhere in the state and enjoy a great variety of experiences and food from numerous cultures.

Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us! 

Cleveland Browns.

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song? 

“Renegades of Funk” by Rage Against the Machine.

What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast? 

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in? 

Basketball.

Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign? 

My campaign is people-powered, Young Democrats can help in my campaign by canvassing in Ashtabula County, volunteering to do a virtual phone bank for my campaign, sharing my social media pages with friends, donating at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/hamper, or writing postcards to voters. Most of all, Young Democrats can help by voting. As President Obama recently said, if we want our values reflected in government, we must show up to vote. So, do what you can to make sure you and your friends are registered to vote, make a plan on how you are going to vote, and encourage everyone you know to vote this fall!

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