Aurora High School graduate comes a long way in political world

by ALISON STEWART | REPORTER Published:

Aurora -- Christine Pennock, regional representative for Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, has come a long way since she graduated from Aurora High in 2007.

"I was always interested in politics growing up," said Pennock. "It was something I really liked and my family was pretty political."

Pennock's uncle, Chris Chocola, represented an Indiana district in the U.S. House of Representatives when she was growing up, and she said that helped to boost her interest in politics.

After high school, Pennock attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. While there, she was an assistant coach for the women's rugby team, president of the National Political Science Honor Society, chair of the rules committee for the College Republicans, and volunteered for the campaign of current U.S. Rep Scott Rigell of Virginia.

Pennock then moved to Washington, D.C., to work on the Hill for Tim Scott of South Carolina and Sam Graves of Missouri.

She accepted a position as political director for Jay Jordan for Congress in South Carolina's new 7th District, and once that race was over she moved back to Aurora and began working for Mandel.

She is a liaison for the treasurer and covers eight counties, including Aurora and the eastern portion of Cuyahoga County. She was active with the Romney-Ryan campaign in 2012, as well as with the campaign of U.S. Rep Dave Joyce, whose district includes Aurora.

"I volunteered to work for the Romney-Ryan campaign and the election of Congressman Joyce," said Pennock. "I made sure things ran smoothly at events and handled phone calls and door-to-door stuff."

Pennock's current position with Mandel involves a lot of community work. She said she gets to reach out to the community to discuss issues such as investing money in schools and how to keep the communities safer.

"It's kind of been a whirlwind for me," said Pennock. "I don't stay in one place for too long, which keeps the job exciting. Politics are always changing, so it's been fun."

Pennock is in the Army Reserves and recently left for basic training in Oklahoma. After that, she will attend school in Arizona for seven months. Upon her return, she will pick up right where she left off -- working with Mandel.

She most recently resided in Macedonia.

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