Simon grew up in Evanston, part of Illinois’ 9th Congressional District, and has lived there for 26 years.
Simon’s Mom was a schoolteacher, and his Dad was a violin professor.
After graduating from Evanston Township High School, Simon earned university degrees in political science, history, and secondary education.
During college, Simon worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor, saving many from drowning and teaching many more how to swim.
Simon taught for seven school years at the school districts of Chicago, Evanston, and Skokie.
Currently, Simon is a high school teacher in the Chicago Archdiocese.
Simon coached a Chicago public high school boys swim team, and taught swimming at Northeastern Illinois University and Northwestern University.
Simon managed the voting process as an Election Judge and Equipment Manager in the elections of 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Simon ran for Congress in 2010 and was nominated in February over the 2008 nominee, and won about five thousand votes.
Illinois’ 9th Congressional District recently was redrawn and enlarged to include much of Chicago’s north end and the northern suburbs, stretching from the Lake to Arlington Heights.
As an educator and activist, Simon has been concerned about the growing disparities and volatility of the struggling middle class.
Not since the last World War, has the middle class been so vulnerable.
Motivated by the people’s struggle, Simon is convinced that he and others must act as the change needed to alleviate the people’s suffering.