Get to Know Frank Zona

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Get to Know 2016 YD Candidate … Frank Zona

Name: Frank A. Zona Zona

Office you’re seeking: State Representative – 69th District

Age: 23

Twitter handle: @realFrankZona

Why are you running?  I'm running because I believe science and education should be at the center of Ohio's future.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?  Educational Investment, the Heroin Crisis, Drinking Water.

Charter schools are held to lower standards students, are bankrupting school systems, and raising taxes on the middle class. Superintendents and communities don't want them. Every student should be able to pursue their passions and dreams and it's our duty to offer that to them.

On heroin, medical professionals and emergency services have told me that they want to do their best to end this crisis. My Mother is a nurse, and I have friends and family members who are police officers. They often face this crisis without adequate resources to turn the tide of this crisis. I've also spoken to families who've lost people to addiction. Meeting even one family is enough motivation to make sure it never happens again. Young people don't stigmatize addiction and know it's time to make a difference because there is effective treatment available  Every person I've spoken to who has kicked an addiction is doing their part to end the addiction crisis for themselves and those they know. We need to support them and their families by providing real, fact driven treatment solutions.

In conversation, the environment is often talked about in future tense. It's not. Drinking water quality; whether it be lead in pipes in schools and cities, or carcinogens like industrial chromium or radioactive fracking waste in the water supplies of small communities, this has not been a serious priority but it is a crisis harming our country, especially children, right now. There is so much more to do.

Give us a fun fact about yourself. I am an Eagle Scout.

Who is your favorite president? Why?  Abraham Lincoln and President Obama. If you watch the movie Lincoln, you see a character that endured despite personal struggle, and genuinely cared about individuals and working for peace despite presiding over the deadliest conflict in American history. Lincoln went to great lengths and put his life on the line despite knowing the constant personal risks he faced so as to not accept the status quo because anything less than equality in legal and absolute terms would not do. That combination of transcendent idealism with political realism is the same type of dedicated commitment, thoughtfulness, and spirit that I see in President Obama.

What’s your favorite food on the campaign trail? Why? Anything homemade! Fast food goodies get old when you're on the road all the time. First Lady Michelle Obama said it! Healthy food is good food!

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why? President Obama. Whether he's on foot meeting people in DC, discussing initiatives and diplomacy abroad, or addressing communities in times of crisis, the President always has a way of being attentive, articulate, and lifting up everyone around him. I admire his leadership, thoughtfulness and optimism. From #YesWeCan to Fired up, Ready to go, there's always a spiritual angle that enlivens and lifts people up and brings them together, and that to me makes him more than a brilliant leader. He’s truly a superhero to me.

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song? I love music! Anything Kanye West, Drake, Gucci, Young Thug. They always get me psyched to compete.

What was your first paid job? I was an election official for the Medina County Board of Elections as part of the high school outreach program. I highly recommend it!

How can young dems help in your race?   Like and share! Sharing ideas and networking is so important to accomplishing whatever we set our minds to! Learning how to work as a field organizer especially in smaller districts like this is a very valuable and translatable experience as well!

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