Get to Know Meg Ryan Shockey
Get to Know 2017 Endorsed Candidate ... Meg Ryan Shockey
Why are you running?
I’ve always wanted to make a positive difference in my community. It’s the reason that I earned my graduate degree in Urban Planning. After being appointed to the Planning Commission in Brooklyn this past January, I started to get more involved in my city.
What are the most important issues on your campaign?
Brooklyn is facing some tough financial troubles because of the state cuts that have continued to happen over the last several years, and because our largest employer, American Greetings, moved to Westlake. It’s important that Brooklyn looks to balance its budget while keeping the services that we pride ourselves on and love. I think that any problem or issue can be solved when people are working together; however, our council is not working together right now and I think our city and its residents are suffering because of it.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I studied abroad in the Netherlands for 6 months during college.
Who is your favorite president? Why?
I don’t have a favorite president, but my favorite U.S. Senator is Senator Sherrod Brown. He is an example of an extraordinary politician, has shown that values mean more than money, and never forgets why he got involved in politics in the first place: To make a positive world for everyone!
What’s your favorite food on the campaign trail? Why?
With my campaign being just city-wide, I don’t have much of a “campaign trail”; however, I always love when my husband, Michael, cooks so I can catch up on paperwork and thank you’s 😉
If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
What was your first paid job?
I worked in the concession stand for the recreation center in North Olmsted (where I grew up) for 10 months before I was laid off because they privatized.
How can young dems help in your race?
I would love to have help canvassing this fall to get the word out about my campaign. I also may need a few extra volunteers with placing/taking down yard signs when the time is right.