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Birthdate: Jan. 9, 1947
Birth Place: Caney Creek, KY, United States
Residence: Elyria, OH
Jim Slone was born near Caney Creek, Ky. He attended community college for two years before taking a job in 1967 with General Motors Corp. in Parma.
Slone started as inspector and later became a press operator and machine operator. He held several positions with the plant's United Auto Workers unit before retiring in 2002 after almost 35 years with GM. After retiring, he ran a coffee house.
He and his wife live in Elyria.
Jim Slone first thought about running for Congress in northeast Ohio nearly 20 years ago, until a young Democrat named Sherrod Brown decided to enter the race.
Brown held the seat for 13 years before becoming a U.S. senator, while Slone continued to work at a General Motors plant in suburban Cleveland. He volunteered for Democratic candidates for more than four decades before deciding 2012 was the right year to run for office.
"I'm tired of the status quo," he said. "It's time we had a change in Congress."
Slone spent nearly 35 years at GM and was active in the local United Auto Workers unit, holding several positions in the union before retiring in 2002.
One of his duties in the union was working with management and helping the two sides come together. He said it's a skill that he'd like to bring to Congress.
"I don't like people not be able to work together," he said.
Slone said that in Congress he would push to get rid of free trade agreements and revise the existing agreements.
"If we're going to operate in a global market, we need to operate on an even playing field," he said.
Slone supports increasing wages to make sure that middle class employees can earn a living wage, and restoring funding for programs that help seniors, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Source: Associated Press
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