Who is Isaac Quiñones II?
It is time to take our seat at the table and make our voices heard. We need new leaders, new voices, and new visions in Congress.
A New Generation of Leaders
I am a leader by choice. I have made a conscious decision to dedicate my life to serving the public and helping others. I learned from the examples of great historical leaders who were unafraid to step forward and risk everything to create movements that could not be ignored.
We will Lead
I learned at an early age that social change is achieved when the oppressed and ignored unite together to make their voices heard. The great leaders throughout history decided to be the change they wanted to see. We need to start leading. Our country needs new leaders, new voices, and new visions. We cannot continue to be apathetic in the political process. We cannot expect things to get better when we elect the same politicians every election cycle. Our voices have been ignored by Congress for too long. It is time we unite together as progressive leaders and take our seat at the table.
I was born by two hardworking middle class parents in Cleveland, Ohio. Being of Puerto Rican descent, the values of family, working hard, helping others, loyalty, and obtaining an education were ingrained in my heart and mind. My family has always welcomed friends and family to live with us in their times of need. Helping those in need is very important to our family. My mother has always taught me that the greatest thing you can do is serve others. She has always worked to help other people by volunteering in various church groups and leading her Girl Scouts troop for the last thirty years.
It is also important to our family to spend time together. My favorite childhood memories were going to Indian’s games at Old Municipal Stadium and Jacob’s Field with my father. Cleveland sports are a bonding force in our relationship. Even through all the heartbreaks, we have remained loyal to our beloved Indians, Browns, and Cavs by making sure we attend games together every year.
Battle for Life
From the time I was a child, I was never afraid to question authority and fight for what is right. My refusal to accept the status quo was fostered during a traumatic time in my childhood. At an early age, I was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder that almost took my life. The condition prevented me from participating in normal childhood activities, such as riding a bike, playing sports, or going outside for recess. I was unable to participate in these activities, because if I was injured, it would be almost impossible to stop the bleeding. I endured many failed treatments and weekly hospital visits. During that time, I chose to engage in reading books on civil rights leaders and political movements. I was inspired by these leaders and how they were able to mobilize disadvantaged and ignored people to fight for change. This was when I decided to be a leader and fight for the voiceless. After a few years of failed treatments, the only option was surgery. However, the condition had advanced to the point where surgery would likely result in my passing. The doctors told my parents that it would be best to take me home and wait for me to pass. My parents and I chose not to give up and try to fight through the surgery. Our hard-nosed spirit resulted in a successful operation. This experience was a defining moment for me. I decided to never take life for granted, because tomorrow is not promised. I decided to never be afraid to reach for my American Dream of making a positive impact by helping others.
Reaching for the American Dream
My parents knew that a quality education was the key to achieving the American Dream. It was expected that I would obtain the education that they never had. After completing Catholic grade school and high school, I attended Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and was a first-generation college graduate, receiving a Bachelors of Arts while double majoring in Ethnic Studies and History. While at BGSU, I served as a leader in many different organizations, such as the Minority Affairs Senator in the Undergraduate Student Government and as an Executive Officer in my Fraternity for two years. My leadership and academic accomplishments were recognized by my peers when I was initiated into Order of Omega, an honors society for leaders.
After undergrad, I attended law school at the University of Akron and worked as a Legal Intern for a small Parma based law firm and for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in downtown Cleveland. Upon completing my first year, I chose to pursue a different educational path and was accepted to attend George Washington University in Washington D.C. to obtain a Master's in Political Management where I am on track to graduate with honors in May. In addition to taking full-time classes in the evening, I began accomplishing my American Dream by having the honor of serving full-time during the day as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Sherrod Brown. While in D.C., I witnessed the political process first-hand and decided to return to Ohio and run for the United States House of Representatives. It would be an honor and privilege to continue serving the needs of hardworking Ohioans and the American people, because your voices are more important than special interest groups.
A New Leader for Ohio
Ohioans know first-hand the problems that need to be solved. I was raised with a blue collar work ethic that is based on working together and getting things done. We need new leaders, new visions, and new voices that understand the struggles that we are dealing with every day and find solutions to those struggles. An ideal public servant holds the concerns and issues of the people as the most important priority, not the concerns and issues of special interest groups. Doing nothing is not a solution and will only make our problems worse. It is time that we take our seat at the table and make our voices heard. Our movement will bring new leaders, new voices, and new visions to Congress.
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