In our newest “community conversation” host Libby Ballengee speaks with Theresa Gasper, a Democratic candidate running for Ohio’s 10th District for the US House of Representatives. She’s a first time candidate who is challenging 15 year incumbent, Rep Mike Turner. She states that after watching Washington politicians like Turner do nothing to help the hardworking people of this community, she can’t sit on the sidelines any longer. Through grit, determination and a little luck, she was able to build thriving companies right in Dayton, and achieve the American Dream, but too many Ohioans are working hard, playing by the rules, and still struggling to make ends meet.


Theresa in her own words: “I am running because we deserve a representative who understands the challenges we face and will work to raise wages, lower healthcare costs, and create more local good-paying jobs. I know what it means to balance a checkbook and honor my obligations to my friends and neighbors. We need leaders with the courage to fight for us in Washington, and that’s exactly what I’m prepared to do.”

Theresa grew up in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood, as the youngest of four siblings. She is a proud fourth-generation Daytonian and small business owner, having established two successful businesses in the Miami Valley.


Her father Bill instilled in her the values of hard work, grit and determination. He worked for a local hardware store after losing his longtime job at age 55 and then bought and operated a framing shop. Theresa’s mother Wanda managed former Rep. Chuck Whalen’s district office and showed her the importance of public service. Theresa’s earliest memories involve passing out the Barbara Whalen Cookbook at the Montgomery County Fair and delivering Chuck’s newsletters door-to-door on weekends.

Taking a page out of her father’s book, Theresa bought a local telephone-answering service as a young mother and built it into the largest business center in Dayton over the course of 14 years. For the past 12 years through her current company, Full Circle Development, she has worked to make Dayton a better place by reinvesting in and renovating homes that fell into disrepair in light of the housing crisis.


Theresa ‘s passion for her home of Southwest Ohio drives her activism. Her extensive background in housing advocacy includes service on community boards that educate first-time homebuyers, coach existing homeowners through loan modification, and organize volunteer repairs for elderly homeowners.


Theresa resides in Beavercreek with her husband Dave and two cats. She is a diehard UD Flyers fan. 

Learn more about Theresa:

Facebook: /GasperforCongress

Twitter: @GasperforOH10



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