Alex Wendt is the Democratic candidate for State Representative of the 79th District. Born and raised in Springfield, Alex has recently returned home with his wife, Caitlin, after living in Cleveland for just two years. Alex is a graduate of Springfield North High School, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science Summa Cum Laude from Cleveland State University. He works as a full time firefighter/EMT in Yellow Springs and previously served as an intern in the Xenia City Manager’s Office and for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
Like many people in Springfield and Clark County, he comes from a diverse family. His grandfather on his mother’s side served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and his paternal grandfather survived WWII as a teen in Eastern Europe. Alex’s paternal grandmother and grandfather escaped Soviet Communism and immigrated to Springfield, Ohio, with Alex’s dad who was just 14 at the time. Because of their past, growing up, Alex’s parents both worked to instill in Alex and his sister, Emily, the importance of tolerance, hard work, service to the community, and education.
It is because of his middle class upbringing and family history that Alex feels he has a responsibility to serve the public in his district, to stand up for those in need, and to give a voice to the voiceless. It is because of this sense of responsibility that he originally became a firefighter, and why he is running as a Democrat to serve as State Representative in Ohio District 79.
Alex believes in focusing on the future to support and expand the middle class by investing in our neighborhoods, promoting public safety, and supporting public education. He knows that when we support labor rights and working families, all of us benefit. As Representative, he’ll fight to make sure we have an economy that works for everyone and moves Ohio forward.