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Who is Samuel Ronan?

Samuel Ronan is an immigrant originally born in Germany. His father was a soldier in the US Army, and his mother was a dental assistant in Germany. As these stories go, the couple fell in love and moved to the United States. After several years of moving around the country, the family ended up settling in Lancaster Ohio. Samuel was 6 years old upon arrival in what would become the city and state of his youth and young adulthood.

He graduated with Honors from Lancaster High School. Sam was an accomplished student scoring Suma Cum Lauda on the National Latin Exam in the 9th grade, was a foreign exchange student his senior year of High School at the prestigious Rotary International Organization, and was a student ambassador to Rosenheim Germany for 10 months. During his early education, he would make life long friends and memories that would form the bedrock for his early adult life.

Upon completing his time in Germany, Sam returned to the United States and had his eyes set on furthering his education in college. Sam applied to and was accepted at Wright State University. His intentions were to receive a BA in Computer Science and commission into the United States Air Force. Unfortunately, those dreams would have to be put on hold. The year was 2008 and the great recession reared it's ugly head forcing Sam to put his collegiate dreams on hold. Despite this setback, Sam was determined to do everything he could to serve his country.

He took his ASVAB, enlisted as a PMEL troop in the United States Air Force, and embarked on his active duty military career in November of 2009. His first duty station was Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. It was here that he began his five and a half years of active duty service. Within the first two years, Samuel earned an Associates degree in Applied Sciences through the Community College of the Air Force. In conjunction with this accomplishment, he earned an early promotion through the Below the Zone program and conducted Wing level training events with Self Aid and Buddy Care (SABC) demonstrations.

His next duty station was at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Little Rock, Arkansas. Here he continued serving with distinction and brought his own unique perspective to the New Work Center by implementing a unique program that streamlined the reception of new equipment. This innovation alleviated hundreds of man hours and eliminated customer confusion. He'd eventually go on to serve in the Base Honor Guard where he acquitted himself honorably after having performed dozens of funerals and military ceremonies and having lead over a quarter of the Military Honors himself. 

Carrying on his history of achievement, Sam was selected to be MC at the 19th MXG Maintenance Professional of the Year Banquet, where he hosted a distinguished group of guests including the Base Commander, Group level (Full bird Colonels) leadership, and a Brigadier General guest speaker. His performance, eloquence, and good taste allotted him respect, admiration from those in attendance.

Sam was personally selected to be one of two Squadron Level Deployment Monitors and within 30 days of accepting the new position, he managed to cut the nonconformity rate of unit by 50%, spearheaded the merger process of 2 squadrons comprised of over 600 members, and maintained a flawless record of personnel and records. Sam demonstrated his leadership skills by helping other squadrons reduce their nonconformity rate through implementing many of the measures that were successful in his own squadron. Overall, his efforts resulted in a 97% conformity rate across newly minted squadrons and resulted in 600 members taking the position as a Unit Deployment Monitor within 4 months.

During the last year of active duty service in the United States Air Force, he began preparations for his political endeavors. Having had to endure and witness first hand the gross misconduct of our nations elected leaders and their abuse of power that resulted in a two week government shutdown in October of 2013—which also lead to sequester the worst budget cuts in our nation's history—he knew in order to fulfill his oath he would have to seek a different venue. Thus, began his efforts to build a platform and a political base focusing on putting the American Citizen first and politics second!

Fast forward two years, and he established the Average Joe's Initiative and developed a solid strategy to show the American People that they can, and that they will make a difference in their nation. He is showing that all people have to do is believe in their own strength! Sam initially intending to run for Congress in his hometown—Ohio's 15th Congressional District—but extenuating circumstances forced him to take another route. Sam approached the county Democratic Party with a clear and fresh vision for the future of the country and was recommended to run for the 62nd State Representative position in 2016. Undaunted by the countless hurdles he faced, Sam is determined to establish his political endeavors and his vision for the future of our country. Sam demonstrates through action that a temporary setback is merely an opportunity to achieve something special which is an essential quality lacking in today's political climate.

Sam embodies the Average Joe spirit in more ways than one. He is 27 years old  which enables him to affiliate with other like minded millennials who are struggling to make it through this abysmal economy. He is able to empathize with the American People during these dark hours of disassociation with our nations government and political structure. As a veteran that currently still serves in the United States Air Force Reserves, he knows first hand the horrors of war, how difficult the VA is, and how applying for government assistance—or simply financing health care premiums—can be. He has experienced what its like to live pay check to pay check, and has learned full well the value of the dollar. His status as an immigrant grants him the invaluable perspective that everyone deserves a fair chance at success regardless of ethnic background.

In summation, Samuel Ronan embodies every tenant of the regular American Citizen! He is truly a man of the people, without having to put on a show. He was born from a blue collar family, he has worked from the bottom, and he shows exceptional skill and talent as a leader. Furthermore, he has proven time and again to be tenacious when facing adversity. His candidacy is a testament to his want to right the wrongs of our current political situation and willingness to restore the American People as the leaders of their own livelihoods.

When he says that together we can, and we will make a difference, he voices a rallying cry to the American People. By supporting Samuel Ronan, getting involved in your local communities, and supporting the AJI you can help support all things America.

No matter what your race, your religion, your age, or your demographic, Sam will fight for you because People First and politics second. That is the bottom line!