Tim in a box in Slavic Village
Slavic Village, Old Brooklyn, Berea High
1972 – Family moved at age 4 from Hosmer Ave. in Slavic Village to Bucyrus in Old Brooklyn
1974-79 – Attended elementary school at Our Lady of Good Counsel on Pearl Road
1979 – Moved to Middleburg Hts, began middle school at Middleburg Hts. Junior High, running first campaign – Mitch Gruber for Student Council President.
Tim with Great Grandpa Russo
1985 – Graduated from Berea High School after 2 years as Editor of The Focus, BHS student newspaper. Began college at Bowling Green State University
1987 – Transferred to Cleveland State University, lived on campus for a quarter
1988 – CSU student intern for Dennis Kucinich primary challenge to Mary Rose Oakar, intern for Howard Metzenabaum’s re-election campaign.
1989 – Graduated with a BA in Political Science, minor in Economics from CSU
CWRU law school, work abroad, campaigns
1989 – First worked abroad on a student work visa at the London, England office of the Cleveland law firm Jones, Day, sending faxes, making copies, serving tea.
1990 – Began law school at Case Western Reserve University, lived in Little Italy during 3rd year. Served on Student Bar Association student council, unsuccessfully ran for SBA president.
Tim & Grandma Krakowsk
1992 – Took leave of absence from law school to become NW Ohio Regional Field staff for Clinton/Gore.
1993 – Summer representative of CWRU law school to sister schools in Hungary and Croatia.
1994 – Graduated with JD from CWRU, passed the Ohio Bar Exam.
1994 – Eastern Cuyahoga County field coordinator for Joel Hyatt for US Senate, focused on voter turnout.
1995 – Practiced law for one year, decided instead to begin a career in political consulting.
1996 – Campaign manager for Larry Friedman for Ohio House, spending a quarter of a million dollars to lose by 10 points.
1996 Clinton Gore Campaign
1996 – Ohio Field and Get-Out-The-Vote director for Clinton/Gore re-election.
UK, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan
1997 – UK Labour Party Visits Coordinator for Tony Blair’s first election as prime minister.
1997 – National Democratic Institute (NDI) field director for Armenia, OSCE accredited international observer to 1998 presidential election following a military coup.
1998 – New Hampshire Democratic Party coordinated campaign state director, winning NH state senate for Democrats for the first time in 86 years.
observer credential, 1998 Armenian presidential election
1999 – Senior field staff for NDI in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, & Kyrgyzstan, training thousands of political party activists & election observers, OSCE accredited international observer to 1999 Armenian parliamentary election.
2000 – Visitor exchange program for UK Labour Party staff to Ohio for Gore/Lieberman, all of whom left Cleveland the following week perplexed there still was no result.
2001 – UK Labour Party Visits Coordinator for Tony Blair’s re-election.
2001 – Pilot documentary film at UK Labour Party conference in Brighton, England
training In Kyrgyzstan
2001 – Arrested for soliciting FBI agent posing as a minor in November
2002 – General Consultant for Tim Ryan for Congress, primary and general election campaigns, winning stunning primary victory over Tom Sawyer. Produced documentary of general election shot by UK filmmaker.
2002 – Plead guilty to 5th degree felony importuning, served 4 months probation, paid a fine, time served, no reporting required.
PD photo, 2001
2003 – Youth voter turnout project for British Embassy funded project in Latvia EU Accession Referendum.
2003 – Trained political parties through NDI programs in Kosovo & Croatia.
2004 – Launched Greater Ohio project for EcoCity Cleveland funded project, until board chased me off over my conviction.
2004 – Began years of retreat in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.
2004 – Recruited, trained, and managed hundreds of Kerry/Edwards election day precinct challengers in 11th Congressional District.
West Bank election observation mission, 200
2004 – Launched first blog covering presidential election, OhioCountdown2004
2004 – Volunteer voter registration coordinator for 18 shows of the Dave Matthews Band summer tour with Headcount, partying backstage with Boyd Tinsley at the final show at The Gorge.
2004-2005 – Designed and implemented election observer training program in West Bank/Gaza, NDI accredited observer for December, 2004 local elections in the West Bank.
2005 – Launched first major blog – Democracy Guy, commenting on Ohio politics and foreign policy, documenting my NDI year in Armenia in unpublished manuscript.
2005 – UK Labour Party Visits Coordinator for Tony Blair’s second re-election campaign.
2005 – Launched Buckeye Politics blog, defunct in January, 2006
best new blog 20
2006 – Began 2 years volunteering on-air at WRUW 91.1, DJ for electronic music show The Raver’s Edge.
2005-2006 – Marketing Manager for Margaret Wong Immigration Attorneys for 3 awful months.
2007 – Decided to support Barack Obama for President.
2008 – Launched Blogger Interrupted blog and Youtube channel.
2008 – Created over 70 Youtube videos, with The McCain Palin Mob named Politico’s #7 Most Viral Video of the 2008 presidential campaign, launching an entirely new genre of film.
2008 – Aired one episode of Blog Talk on WRUW before being chased off air after two years as volunteer DJ on The Raver’s Edge electronic music show.
2009 – Joined James Renner to write for the Cleveland Independent, a short lived alternative weekly.
2009 – 2012 – Social Media consultant for various clients, including CWA social media training.
2009 – Joined Ohio’s blog of record at Plunderbund.com. Chased off at the end of 2010.
ahh, yard signs.
2010 – Ran for Cuyahoga County Council District 7, placing 12 votes out of 3rd in a 9 person primary, winning the highest turnout precincts by a landslide.
2011-2013 – Worked with Tremont Electric, a floundering startup, casualty of a cat fight between leadership, defeating their three appeals of my unemployment compensation.
2011-2012 Documented Occupy Cleveland on video, trained, & organized non-violent civil disobedience direct action
2014 – candidate for County Executive finishing 3rd out of 6 candidates, beating out a former sheriff.