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Lauren Friedman

Ohio State Senate District 29

Lauren Friedman, a Stark County native and mother of three, is running to be the next State Senator of Ohio’s 29th District. She is a veteran of the Navy who has proven herself to be unwaveringly dedicated to public service.

During her time at Lake High School in Stark County, Lauren realized that she wanted to serve her country, so she earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, one of the world’s premier leadership institutions. When she graduated from the Naval Academy in 2002, less than a year after 9/11, she and her classmates immediately took on leadership positions in the War on Terror.

Lauren spent five years as a Naval Intelligence Officer, including two wartime deployments in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, constantly honing her leadership abilities. Though she lived in many places during her time in the Navy, when she was honorably discharged in 2007, Lauren moved back home to Stark County.

Upon her return, Lauren married her husband Tom, who she had known since their tenure together on the Lake High Cross Country and Track teams. She is now the proud mother of three sons and several rescued pets.

Lauren’s commitment to helping others has not wavered. As she transitioned back to civilian life, she volunteered at the Packard Institute in Akron, helping young adults battle addiction, and then worked for the Social Security Office in Canton. Wanting to do even more, Lauren returned to school, earning a Masters in Education Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University. Lauren has used this degree to spend the last six years working for the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, helping some of the county’s most marginalized people.

The results of the 2016 election inspired Lauren to get even more involved. She started the group Action Together Stark, and has now been inspired to use her leadership training and professional skills to run for public office. As State Senator for Ohio’s 29th District, Lauren will be able to take a more active role in her community and better serve Stark County and the country that she loves.