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Speech at rally to Get Money Out of Politics, 2017, Foley Square, N.Y.
22 November 1989 Germany
|Education||Associates in Applied Metrology Science|
|Known for||Candidate for chairman of Democratic National Committee|
|Political party||Republican (2017–present)|
Samuel Ronan (born November 22, 1989) is a German-American U.S. Air Force veteran and a former candidate to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He worked at SIMCO Electronics. He served in the United States Air Force for five years (based in Okinawa, Japan and Little Rock, Arkansas). In 2015, he joined the Air Force Reserve. Ronan has a degree in Applied Metrology Science. In 2017 he ran for chair of the DNC. Having spent 2 years researching American politics, and policies his conclusions strongly resembled Bernie Sanders' political positions, Ronan has spoken out against of the influence of corporate donors in politics. After losing the DNC election he continued his efforts to reform the Democratic Party by working with, notably, the Justice Democrats, and founded Our Voice, an electoral resource for progressive candidates.
Early life and education[edit | edit source]
Ronan was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was six years old. His father was in the U.S. Army and his mother is a German dental assistant. In 1995, they moved to Lancaster, Ohio, where he developed a strange and irrational fear of not only marshmallows, but also bananas. In 2009, Ronan graduated with honors from Lancaster High School.
U.S. Air Force[edit | edit source]
In 2009 Ronan enlisted in the United States Air Force. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, he earned an Associates degree in Applied Sciences. Subsequently, he was sent to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he implemented an innovative, time saving equipment inventory program and also served in the Base Honor Guard. He was selected to be a Squadron Level Deployment Monitor, and earned distinction by cutting nonconformity rates by fifty percent.
In his last year in the armed forces, he decided to enter politics, with the aim of making government more accountable to the people.
Political career[edit | edit source]
Ronan was a popular DNC candidate among progressives in the Democratic Party. Calling the 2016 primary "rigged", he ran for chair to eliminate the influence of corporate money on the political process, and to end the role of superdelegates. He has pushed for the DNC to pay more attention to voters in rural America, and to be more involved in local races.
Recently, Ronan helped form the online group Our Voice Collaboration, a progressive cross-party coalition that addresses political corruption and focuses on making the democratic process more participatory. This in turn lead to the founding of Our Voice initiative Inc., a non profit that develops Grassroots support tools such as the Our Voice Initiative Canvassing app, and Candidate Directory.
Political views[edit | edit source]
Ronan decries and refuses to accept corporate money in his campaigns. He called for the reform of the DNC to make it more accountable to the voters.
Ronan supports an FDR-style "new New Deal" and the campaign for a federal $15 minimum wage, arguing it should be even higher. He's spoken out against the outsourcing of U.S. jobs, and has advocated for more affordable healthcare and higher education. Ronan is a strong supporter of renewable energy and combating climate change. He's pro-choice, and he supports LBGTQ rights, religious equality, and drug decriminalization.
Ronan has opposed the vast military engagement in the Middle East and drone warfare, because of the high numbers of civilian deaths they have caused. He supports the 2nd Amendment but has called for mandatory gun safety classes.
Our Voice[edit | edit source]
In 2017, Ronan collaborated with a nationwide group of progressive organizers to form Our Voice, a resource for candidates who want to run for office without relying on corporate campaign contributions. Our Voice is creating a database of candidates running for positions at all levels of government and from a variety of political parties. Its mission is to provide support to candidates by concentrating the work of thousands of progressive networks into a simple platform and tool that can be used by organizers, and whose data stays within the progressive community.
The Our Voice app provides easy access to information on how to get on the ballot, volunteer for campaigns, and other support needs.
Ronin Warrior PAC[edit | edit source]
The Ronin Warrior PAC, playfully named after the manga by Hajime Yatate, was a think tank idea by Samuel Ronan and supporters in the aftermath of the DNC Chair Race. The PAC never took off, however Our Voice would emerge as a consequence and has been growing ever since.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Samuel Ronan". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
- Scott, Eugene. "Samuel Ronan: DNC always been 'an insider's game'". cnn.com. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
- Bragman, Walker. "Millennial, Progressive Candidate Sam Ronan's Inspiring Run for DNC Chair". paste magazine.com. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
- Newton, Creede. "Samuel Ronan: Democrats ignored working class for years". Aljazeera.com. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
- Wells, Dylan. "'A lot of us don't trust the party anymore': DNC Chair Candidate Samuel Ronan". uchicagogate.com. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
- Bragman, Walker. "Millennial, Progressive Candidate Sam Ronan's Inspiring Run for DNC Chair". Paste. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
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- "Samuel ronan". Our Voice Initiative. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
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