While knocking doors on a cold evening last week, I met a woman named Kathleen.
“You must be freezing!” she exclaimed. I told her I was a little cold, but walking helped keep me warm. She invited me in, then proceeded to go through a wooden chest near her front door. She found what she was looking for, and handed me a homemade set of wool gloves and a cap.
“Take these,” she said, “they belonged to my husband, and he passed about a year ago.”
“I can’t take your husband’s hat and gloves!” I said. “Besides, they’re really nice!”
“He can’t use them anymore,” she responded. “He’d want you to have them.”
I can’t even begin to say what an honor it is to have received those gloves and that hat. Meeting people like Kathleen makes me want to work three times as hard to improve everyday people’s lives in any way I can.
Politics (and politicians) can be very cynical — myself included. This interaction helped remind me of what it’s all about.
My dad, Dan Morgan, woke up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to go to work at Steelcase, where he’d move heavy sheets of wood and metal from one table to the next, nonstop, all day. He’d get home around 4 p.m., tired and sore — often in too much pain to play with me and my four siblings. But every day he showed up to work so he could provide for his family.
I’m running for the County Commission to represent people like my dad — people who work hard and play by the rules, but see their piece of the pie shrinking each year.
I was still young when Steelcase cut hourly workers’ pay and benefits. At the time, I thought it was pretty cool that I could get my school lunch for free. I only began to understand what was happening after Santa stopped bringing gifts, apart from candy and maybe a baseball cap.
My campaign is dedicated to those who have been left behind in today’s economy. More than half of all Lansing children live in poverty. Until we address the local poverty crisis, any talk of an economic recovery is premature.
As a County Commissioner, I’ll fight to protect programs that help local citizens in need, including Meals on Wheels, veterans’ relief, Community Mental Health, foster care and more. I’ll also work with small business owners to help them create good-paying local jobs, while negotiating with companies receiving tax incentives so they will hire local workers whenever possible.
I’m running for the thousands and thousands of local families struggle to get by.
I’m running for dad.
You may not know it, but you’ve already helped me.
I grew up near the poverty line, the second of five kids. As a teen, I left high school to work full time at a grocery store and earn some money so I could pull my own weight. I eventually obtained my GED and juggled a full load of classes at community college while working full time.
I transferred to MSU and I've stayed in the area since, working first in journalism and later in advocacy while raising a young family.
I didn’t make it on my own. I had a lot of help thanks to society’s generosity — grants for low-income students, subsidized student loans, low-cost health care through the Ingham Health Plan, and so on.
County government plays a critical role in providing direct assistance to those who need it. I want to reach a hand back and help those living in the shadows to have the same opportunities that I had.
With your support, I will be a voice for the underdog and ensure that everyone in the community gets a fair shot at life.
Thanks so much for everything!
New Mayor Andy Schor believes that Lansing’s time is now, and I’m running for the Ingham County Commission this year to be part of that progress. As a county commissioner, I will work closely with Andy to improve our roads, strengthen our neighborhoods and create good jobs for local families.
I’ve known Andy for about 12 years. Back then, I was managing editor at City Pulse, covering local and state government, and he was a county commissioner. I’ve always found him to be engaging and collaborative — and perhaps the nicest guy in politics. I was thrilled when he announced his bid for mayor, and I jumped on board immediately.
I look forward to working closely with Andy and other regional leaders to find solutions to the challenges facing the capital area. Working together, we can create a stronger, more vibrant region that will be a top destination for residents and businesses.