Candidate Name: Ronald Karpus III
What office are you running for?
US House of Representatives, Ohio’s 16th District
With which party are you running for office?
Why are you running for office?
I could give you a long story of how politics is failing us and what I plan to do to help for why I decided to run. But it really boils down to doing everything I can to preserve the dream of the future for my kids, and all kids across our nation that I enjoyed and took for granted growing up.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Labeling something the biggest issue is short sighted. Currently we have many “biggest issues” short term being health care. No one will ever be secure in their life of future when a heart attack or cancer can wipe out their entire financial lives work in one instance. Long term climate change is our greatest threat. At the moment we have no magic bullet to reverse the process. So we need to take small meaningful steps to reverse the process. And we need to do this without disrupting our way of life as much as possible. In other areas of “biggest concern” we have the income gap ever widening, this leads to a larger gap in educational growth which leads to a never ending cycle. We are in the middle of an opioid epidemic and so many other important issues. As I said it’s really hard to pick just one.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
The partisan divide is in its own downward spiral. We as a populace have fallen victim to the “squeaky wheel gets the grease” we hear mostly from far left or far right candidates preaching about pushing their agenda without compromise. This not only alienates many of their own constituents, but also anyone from the opposite side of the aisle. As a byproduct nothing actually gets done. We need officials who themselves support and listen to the progressive agenda, but are more representative of the entire population they represent. As a byproduct of this we can move past the black or white way of thinking and get back to realizing most issues are defined in so many shades of grey.
Who is your hero?
I have several hero’s all whom I look up to for different situations. My grandfather on my mothers side was a literal genius. He was a mechanical engineer by trade but designed solutions for all types of problems. I would have never understood how far ahead of the rest of the world he was had I not worked maintenance for the company which he designed these things for. They hold multiple patents in his name. The one thing I would tell him given the chance would be that hydrolics are not the solution to every problem. My grandfather on my fathers side was the greatest “man” that ever walked the earth. He was a literal “give the shirt off his back” kind of guy. Whenever there is an ethics situation I need to look no further than what he would do and I have my answer. Of course I have other role models but for the sake of the question those are my heros.
What are your hobbies?
At heart I’m a tinkerer. I love to either fix or design things. I don’t have the formal training of my grandfather but I’ve been able to make up for it with natural abitlity. You can usually find me in my garage with a wrench, torch or something in between. On the weekends we are campers. We have a 32’ bumper pull camper and this is my favorite family hobby. Although the older kids have become a bit “too cool” for this, passing on the memories my wife and I had as growing up to our own children is certainly a favorite past time.
What is the most recent book you read?
This is a tricky question. The most recent thing I’ve read would have been the installation guide for a door king gate operator. Between work and family I don’t have a lot of free time and it’s been a while since I was able to read a novel. I have read and enjoyed several James Paterson books including the entire Alex Cross series. I believe the last book I read cover to cover was a non cannon Star Trek book but it wasn’t good enough to recall the title. I lost interest when Admiral Janeway bled on the floor of a borg cube and it came back to life.
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Yes, my wife and I have 6 kids.
We have a freshman in college at BGSU, his name is Brady and he’s an accounting major.
Then Frankie, he’s 14 and a scholar athlete, it is his most prized accolade to date. He is a leader on and off the field and uses that to be a role model to the younger kids in the neighborhood.
Next in line is Hailey, she’s 13 and the most creative mind I’ve ever met, she sees everything in such a unique way- you can’t help but be a better human after speaking to her.
The youngest of the boys is Gino, he’s 11 and likes to use me as human furniture while we talk world events, and national politics. He recently discovered the term “dark money” and has spent a considerable time on the internet researching this.
Now onto Scarlett, our 7 year fierce humanitarian. When she was 5, she wanted me to build shelters on the side of on/off ramps to the freeway for the homeless population in our area. After explaining we don’t own that land, she settled on a garage sale to raise funds for “You Matter” bags which contained socks, non perishable food, and feminine hygiene products.
Last, but certainly not least is the sweetest soul you’ll ever encounter, Guinevere-Guin for short. She is 6 and the loudest, brightest person in any room. Guin has taught us more about looking at the world from a different perspective then we ever could have imagined. Guin is on the spectrum, and is excelling beyond our wildest dreams in school, spelling, learning to read and inspiring everyone she meets.
So thats it, our 6 kids… also all products of public education.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
We need more volunteers to hit the pavement and talk to voters, there is nothing more critical than speaking with folks. We have weekly canvasing events, and canvas kits for volunteers to walk on their own time.
We also are well aware that we are asking this smack dab in the midst of a Northeast Ohio winter, so we have lots of other options, house parties, post card writing, phone banking… and the big one, money.
Its such a hard ask, I know what it takes for me to part with my money, and I’m quite literally asking my friends, family, and complete strangers to part with theirs to support my campaign. If readers feel so compelled to give, you can visit the donate tab on my website, www.karpusforcongress.com.
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
What makes me different and a better candidate?
Quite simply, I am not a career politician. I come from my district, I am the epitome of my district. I’ve had to make so many of the hard decisions that so many face on a day to day basis. I raise my kids and drag myself out of bed no matter what to go to work and provide for them. And hope that I can guide them to a better future than myself. And because of this real world experience I will have an excellent perspective and ability to fight for the people whom I represent in Congress.
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