Jennifer Herold has spent her entire life proving to others that hard work and dedication can help someone reach any goal that they set. Now, she’s ready to take her can-do attitude to Washington D.C. to represent the people of Ohio’s 16th Congressional District.
The daughter of Terry and Jeanne Herold, Jen grew up in a middle class family, spending her childhood in the OH-16 communities of Berea, Olmsted Falls, and Middleburg Heights. She inherited her competitive nature from her hard working parents. Whether it was sports (lettering in Swimming and Volleyball in High School), in the community (winning the Miss. Middleburg Heights Pageant on a dare), or in the classroom – Jen has consistently strived to be the best at anything she dedicated herself to.
While at Bowling Green State University, Jen worked as a resident advisor and lifeguard to pay for her education. It did not stop her though from holding leadership positions in both her sorority (where she was elected President), as well other campus organizations such as Dance Marathon (the largest student run philanthropy in Ohio). She graduated with honors from BGSU, heading to the University of Toledo where she obtained her Occupational Therapy Doctorate.
Professionally, Jen has sought out challenging roles, seeking to make the greatest positive impact upon the lives of others. She has had the opportunity to work as a part of the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, one of the top 2 hospitals in the nation. She later moved on to serve the community as a Therapist as a part of the “Help Me Grow” program, providing guidance to parents of children with developmental delays. During this time, Jennifer also held leadership roles within her union, advocating for, and ultimately obtaining paid maternity leave for all members.
Today, she works in the cutting edge field of telehealth, providing services to children who attend school online. In addition, Jennifer has had the opportunity to be a guest educator for the Cleveland State Occupational Therapy program, where she lectures on pediatric and neurological care.
Jen felt the call to serve her community after facing headwinds from the mayor of Strongsville and the city council when attempting to lead an effort to install family friendly and ADA compliant in the city (via donations and grants-at no cost to the city). Knowing that politicians should never be an obstacle when attempting to improve a community, she decided to run for office herself.
Jennifer made national headlines while running for the Ohio Statehouse when her opponent questioned her ability to serve while being a mother of young children. Her strong rebuke of her opponent was covered by numerous outlets. She embraced being an advocate for women running for elected office. Post-election, she realized that her values did not fit the Trump-era Republican Party. The changes she hoped to fight for, namely equality for all, are now even further away as the party drifts farther to the right. So, she made the decision to become a Democrat-the true “big tent” party who believes in equality and a fair opportunity for success for all.
When she is elected to Congress, Jennifer will bring a perspective that is sorely lacking amongst our elected officials: that of a working class mother whose only goal is to make the country better for her children. She’ll also bring her expertise in both healthcare and education – two vital legislative issues in our country.
America needs the People’s House to look more like the people it represents. Electing strong women like Jennifer Herold is a great start.
In Order to Elect More Women, We Need to Change How We Evaluate Candidates
Every voter has their own unique set of criteria they utilize when deciding who to vote for in an election. Yet somehow this process yields an astonishingly low amount of female legislators. Despite making up nearly 51% of the population, women only hold 24% of all statewide elected offices, 25% of all state legislator seats, and 20% of all Congressional seats.
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