Ohio State House District 55
2020 Race Update: Zach lost 43.80% to 56.20%
Having grown up in Sheffield Village, Northeast Ohio has always been and will always be home for Zach Stepp. He grew up in a family that often struggled to get ahead, but he learned early on in his life that his family’s personal and financial struggles did not define him. He discovered dignity in his work ethic. It’s why, when his childhood home was sold off in a public auction, he figured out how to build websites for small businesses so he’d have extra cash to be a normal kid. It’s why when he turned 16, he started working nights and weekends at the local Five Guys and bought a car of his own. It’s why he wanted to be the absolute best at his job and was promoted three times while still in high school.
New doors opened when he was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Chicago through a scholarship program called Questbridge. He went from flipping burgers and scrubbing floors to boarding his first airplane, on course to the Windy City. Since then, he has done things that he never could have imagined: he biked across Europe, visited the White House, trekked along the Great Wall of China, explored Cuba, lived in a foreign country, and engaged with some of the brightest minds in the world.
It was an easy choice in 2017 to move back home to try to elect a retired kindergarten teacher with a heart of gold, Janet Garrett, to be his Representative in Congress. It was always an uphill battle, but it was worth the fight. While Janet didn’t win, it was an incredible experience building a movement with a candidate he believed would put people before politics. Since the last election, he’s been working in federal government consulting in supply chain management.
Zach decided to run for office because he believes he has the leadership skills and fresh perspective necessary to make a lasting impact on our politics. In a time of such division, he wants to be a candidate that can bring people together and work at the issues that affect everyday Ohioans.