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Desiree Tims Wants To Be The Candidate For This Moment

DAYTON, Ohio — Desiree Tims moved back home on a Tuesday. That Saturday, the Ku Klux Klan marched on Courthouse Square. Two days later, devastating tornadoes whipped through the area. A few months after that, a mass shooting in a popular nightlife district left nine dead.

“I get very passionate about it, because it’s very frustrating when you see that up close, the neglect that is consistent in the halls of Congress,” Tims, 32, said in an interview at her childhood home. “So instead of begging and advocating people to do the right thing, let’s just replace them.”

Women Are Running Like Their Lives Depend On It

Some political paths are forged through privilege, others biological kismet, and still more, unspeakable tragedy. But for women and women of color, the path to politics, especially that path right now, comes from the audacity to leap and a fierce conviction that they must.

Desiree Tims outraises longtime GOP Rep. Michael Turner by more than $300K in second quarter

Democratic House candidate Desiree Tims outraised longtime Rep. Michael Turner’s (R-Ohio) campaign by more than $300,000 in the second quarter of the year.

Figures provided by Tims’s campaign shows that the first-time candidate raised roughly $382,700 from April through June. The number is a far jump from the $91,140 her campaign raised in the first quarter of the year and roughly five times the nearly $76,200 Turner raised in the second quarter.

In a statement to The Hill on Wednesday, Tims called the support her campaign received this quarter “a testament to Ohioans’ desire for real and authentic leadership.”

Desiree Tims wins Democratic primary, will face off against longtime GOP Rep. Michael Turner

Desiree Tims, a local activist from Dayton, Ohio, has won the Democratic primary nomination for the state’s 10th Congressional District.

Tims, who previously served as an aide to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), will face off against longtime Rep. Michael Turner (R) in November.

Dunbar grad is first Dem candidate seeking party’s nod vs. Turner

The first announced Democratic candidate seeking her party’s nod to run against U.S. Rep Mike Turner plans to publicly declare her candidacy today at Third Perk Coffeehouse in downtown Dayton. Desiree Tims, 31, says she is a daughter of Dayton who offers 10th District voters a new perspective and a fresh take.

Former Sen. Brown aide announces bid to challenge Rep. Turner

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A local activist and former aide to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced her 2020 campaign for Ohio’s 10 Congressional District, challenging Rep. Mike Turner. Desiree Tims announced her campaign Wednesday at the Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar in Dayton. Tims is a Dayton native and graduate of Dunbar High School. She then attended and graduated from Xavier University and Georgetown University Law.

Dayton Democrat launches challenge to longtime GOP rep

Desiree Tims, a local activist from Dayton, Ohio, who formerly served as an aide to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), on Wednesday will be launching a challenge for Rep. Michael Turner’s (R-Ohio) congressional seat. Tims’s campaign said she will announce her candidacy for the state’s 10th Congressional District at a morning press conference. The campaign will mark Tims’s first run for public office.

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke visits Dayton

New YelloPain Rap Track ‘My Vote Don’t Count’ Educates And Motivates Voters

Recently released single “My Vote Don’t Count” by YelloPain breaks down the United States government and encourages people to vote because, as a matter of fact, our votes do count…The music video features YelloPain’s cousin, Desiree Tims, who is running for Congress for Ohio’s 10th District.

Ohio Rapper Educates People On The Importance Of Voting In Powerful Visual

…Ohio rapper YelloPain is going viral… His message is further driven home with a powerful address from Desiree Tims, who is currently running for Congress for Ohio’s 10th District. “Every time you stay home, someone is making a decision about you. Making decisions about the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food your kids eat and how much money you bring home every two weeks,” Tims informs the classroom.

Think your vote doesn’t count? Dayton native ‘schools’ non-voters with video with more than 4 million views and counting

A Dayton-born rapper breaks down the three branches of government in a recently released music video that has received more than 4 million views on Facebook alone. …He said he did not understand it fully until his cousin, Desiree Tims, broke it down for him a few months ago. “Metaphorically, Desiree took me to school. She taught me what I should have learned in school, what they didn’t teach me,” he said. “I wanted to get people in my same position to vote.”

Two Broads Talking Politics Podcast : Desiree Tims

Kelly chats with Desiree Tims, Congressional Candidate in the Ohio 10th District. They discuss her work with Obama and Sherrod Brown, how she’ll win in the Ohio 10th, and the viral video she made with her cousin YelloPain.

The Gem City Podcast Features Desiree Tims

Inspired by the idea of hope and change, Desiree served as a volunteer for the 2008 Obama campaign in Southwest Ohio. Desiree later worked in The White House and on Capitol Hill. It was during this time that she learned that real leadership is a sandwich made of family values, grit, and hard work.

The internet is loving this viral rap about voting

Dayton, Ohio, rapper YelloPain’s video for “My Vote Don’t Count” explains why every election is important. HLN’s Melissa Knowles reports why the video is gaining traction online.

'My Vote Dont Count' is a rap-video that every young person thinking about not voting must see.

“I’ve spent years trying to teach young folks about why they should vote, which has often been frustrating because many of them are getting strong messages that tell them why they shouldn’t be bothered. I’ve even dragged out the old Schoolhouse Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill” trying to explain how a bill becomes a law to young people who don’t seem to get civics in school”.


Washington D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect pro-environment candidates, announced its endorsement of Desiree Tims for election to the U.S. House from Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. 

“We need leaders like Desiree Tims in Congress fighting for the health and well-being of all Ohioans and communities across the nation,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “She understands the importance of acting on the climate crisis and the disproportionate impacts felt by communities of color and we are proud to support her election.”

Get to know Desiree

Watch and listen as Desiree recalls an emotional memory of coming to age and realizing the inequality that had been part of her education. That experience left an indelible print on her memory, and would eventually lead her to this moment.