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Aaron Dagres was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 12th Congressional District (map) of Ohio. He was seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH). The primary will take place in May 2008.
Positions, record and controversies
Reasons for running
Dagres, according to his Web site, believes "the future of our children depends on change." He said parents today should "stand up" and work to "provide the youth of this country with a better tomorrow."
Dagres has pledged to work toward secure health insurance for every child in the country, and to later cover every American in need of health insurance.
He also said he is "dedicated to ending this war in Iraq and bringing home our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters immediately." Dagres has also made veterans' issues a platform, and would prepare a support system to adequately assist veterans returning from combat:
Unfortunately [the support structures]] simply do not exist; the time has come to properly fund Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We must have a strong veterans program in place for those men and women whom honorably served defending our freedom.
In addition, the candidate indicated the country should end its dependency on foreign oil:
We cannot for the sake of national security continue down our current path it is time we put forth significant efforts to move towards alternate fuel sources.
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Dagres is the son of a retired steel worker. According to his Web site, Dagres said his first exposure to politics was "off and on the picket line."
I remember the overwhelming community support when my father would be on strike and it gives me great hope and pride in the people of this country to do what is right.
Dagres joined the U.S. Air Force after high school, where he spent the five years traveling the country and world. He served as a member of the Nato peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which Dagres called "the most life changing experience for me while in the Armed services." On his Web site, he said "it was a wonderful insight into the role our dedicated men and women play on a global scale."
After leaving military service Dagres enrolled at Youngstown State University, where he studied political science and economics and volunteered with several campaigns in the Mahoning County area. In addition, he met his ex-wife and the mother of his son Anthony:
Unfortunately the marriage was short lived and in the interest of my son it was ended. I suddenly found myself a full time student, worker, and single father with full custody of an infant son. The struggle of single parenting is one that I share with so many Americans face in this day and age.
Dagres said his son was an "absolute blessing," and "one of the major reasons why I have thrown my hat into the race" for the 12th Congressional District.
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
Dagres will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Dagres For Congress
10 A Danielle Dr.
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Ohio and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "My Story", Dagres for Congress Web site, retrieved January 23, 2008
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Ohio’s 12th Congressional District
- ↑ FEC filing for Aaron Dagres
- ↑ Ohio 2008 General Election,"The Green Papers", July 7, 2008