Sharon Sweda has always fought for the underdog. The daughter of a UAW 425 worker, Sharon learned her political lessons at the kitchen table, watching her father review union-endorsed candidates. In 1972, she started attending night classes to obtain her real estate license. After graduating, she entered the industry and soon began working with underserved groups after observing discriminatory practices in the field.
Sharon married Richard Sweda in 1987, and the two pulled together what little resources they had to start a real estate brokerage and building company. Together, they were able to grow their small business into a seven-branch firm of nearly 150 agents, prior to selling their business in 2004.
During her time as a real estate broker, Sharon served on both the local and state levels. She held office as the President of the Lorain County Association of Realtors, Chairman of the Board for the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors as well as the District Vice President for the Ohio Association of Realtors.
Additionally, Sharon lobbied annually on behalf of homeownership protection and health insurance inclusion for independent contractors with the National Association of Realtors in Washington D.C.
Currently, Sharon runs her own small business, American Patriot Title Agency, which is the only Lorain County title company to be owned and operated by a woman. In this position, she continues to work diligently with Ohio homeowners, providing pro bono short sales work for sellers who are in need.
Sharon Sweda lives in Amherst with her husband, Richard, a United Brotherhood of Carpenters retiree. Together, they have a family of six children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Four of their children are educators, and one granddaughter recently completed an enlistment with the U.S. Army.