David Yankovich is a regular guy. He’s not rich. He’s not famous. He’s not a politician. He just recently moved to Wisconsin.
So why is he running to serve Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District? Because Paul Ryan needs to go.
David is one of the original voices of the Resistance against Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. His articles have been published by Huffington Post, Raw Story, and on his own website. Through his writing and social media, he became a nationally recognized progressive voice.
His dad worked in the water distribution industry, and his mother was a property manager. He grew up playing soccer and football, and he played childhood chess games with his grandfather. He learned the importance of social justice, empathy toward others, and doing the right thing even when it is difficult. His passion for public service was sparked when, at 10 years old, he attended a campaign rally and met his new hero, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.
After graduating from high school, David signed up to serve in the United States Navy. He had dreamed of serving in the military for years, inspired by his grandfather, who served in WWII. After nearly a year of training, he was heartbroken after being honorably discharged because of a childhood foot condition.
David followed in his mother’s footsteps and worked in property management while volunteering for Democratic campaigns in his spare time. Soon after his son was born, David began taking his son and daughter to political rallies for President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Just weeks before launching his campaign, David’s mother became suddenly sick, suffering from complications from undiagnosed COPD and pneumonia, so he flew to Florida to be by her side. She was placed in a medically-induced coma, and the doctors told him that he may have to make a life-or-death decision for her. His mother’s health scare transpired while Paul Ryan was working to take health care coverage away from more than 20 million Americans.
While his mother is recovering, David was furious thinking about all the Americans who die because Paul Ryan and others in Washington think health care is a privilege and not a right.
He knew he had to do something, so he decided to move to Wisconsin and run. Over and over, he heard the same things:
Paul Ryan doesn’t listen to us. Paul Ryan doesn’t care about us. Paul Ryan doesn’t understand what it is like to be an ordinary American.
But David will listen to you. He cares about you. He understands what it is like to be an ordinary American because he is one. Paul Ryan has forgotten who sent him to Congress. David will never forget.