This issue’s Member Spotlight is focused on Mark and Amy White-Predieri
Tell us a little bit about yourself — Where are you from?
Mark – I grew up in Willard, Ohio. Went to Defiance College in Education and then earned a master’s degree in School Counseling from Bowling Green State University. My first counseling job was in Cardington. I met Amy on my birthday in 1978; the best birthday present ever! I was a counselor after that at Delaware Area Career Center and Big Walnut High School, and retired in 2011 after 35 years in education.
Amy – I was born in Mansfield, lived in Cleveland, graduated high school in Cardington, and went to College at Purdue University in Biology and Sociology. I was interested in science education, then social work with pregnant teens, then Ohio State University Veterinary Medicine. I graduated in 1988 and worked as a Vet since then. We married in 1980 and moved to Sunbury in 1988. We had two daughters who graduated from Big Walnut High School.
How did you get involved in politics and the Democratic Party? When did you join the Democratic Party in Delaware County and why?
Mark – My parents were Democrats, but I first really became involved with politics after attending the Woman’s March in D.C. in 2017. Amy and our daughter Darcy have shown me the way.
Amy – I became involved in college. I was a charter member of the Purdue Feminist Union in 1977. I phonebanked for Sherrod Brown in 2006. I increased my activism and canvassing for Obama and Hillary, then went to the Women’s March in 2017 when I joined the DelaDems. We are very active with our daughter Darcy when we canvass and attend meetings.
What is your favorite thing about the DCDP?
Mark – I like the positive attitude of everyone and the enthusiasm to be involved.
Amy – Member’s passion for social justice and social change. I love talking with like-minded people.
What’s your favorite personal activity?
Mark – Spending time with our family, watching the Indians, traveling and playing tennis.
Amy – Reading, travel, cates, Cleveland Indians, spending time with daughters, family time.
What do you want to tell the rest of the Party and our readers about why they should become involved in the Party?
Mark – Because there are so many injustices going on, our representatives taking the side of big money rather than doing what is right and protecting Trump, protecting the NRA, protesting the Koch Brothers and anti-climate change.
Amy – We are stronger together, and we need to increase our visibility in a positive way. The more positive, intelligent, well-spoken, friendly members we have, the more respect our party will receive.
–Edited by Mindy Hedges