Hey There, I’m Michael
I’m a born and raised Michigander, know our values through and through, am building my family here, and am wholly invested in our community’s future. I’ve spent my entire career working to make public policy, and our government’s work, more accessible and understandable to everyone.
I helped build one of the country’s most successful civic technology companies from the ground up, stewarded it from a tiny, underfunded outfit to an established enterprise that closed a multi-million dollar funding round just several months ago, and molded it into an established company that works with many of our country’s leading companies.
Why I’m Running
I know what it feels like to be drawn away from Michigan. To want the most inclusive, empowered, and opportunity-filled future possible, and leave for another state in search of that potential. I know what it’s like to wonder if you’ll be able to move back home with your family. I know what it’s like to miss Michigan, our warmth and grit, work ethic, natural beauty, and unpredictable weather.
But I’ve also learned what it takes to move home, what can attract and urge young families and professionals back. I know what it takes to create the kind of year-round community that will bring us boomeranging home, investing in building our families and making our lives here. If we want our children and grandkids — friends and cousins — to move back home, or consider not leaving in the first place, then we need to create the kind of environmental conditions that might make them think twice about heading to Chicago.
I’ve spent my entire career lowering barriers to political entry, empowering my neighbors who I both agreed with and disagreed with, and helping people build the kind of community that they’ve always hoped to see. And I have unique perspective as a Michigander who’s both boomeranged home and chosen Traverse. We have a sturdy foundation but lots of work left to do. Do we want our kids to stay in Michigan, move back home, and build a more vibrant and entrepreneurial community again?
In 2010, Michigan was the only state in the country to experience a population loss. And even in our most recent census data, released just last year, we had the second slowest rate of population growth in the entire country — growing by just 2%. There are cracks in our community’s foundation that can be remedied and funded at the state legislative level.
Michigan is my home, Traverse is my community, and this is where I’m building my family. It’s our responsibility to help repair and improve our community so that it works for all of us. So that it’s as vibrant, opportunity-filled, and family-friendly as possible.
Our district is a microcosm of the country. A blue city in a purple district in a red region. We have a real opportunity to build a coalition, work together on the issues we agree on, re-build trust with our neighbors, protect reproductive choice, and make our community more viable and vibrant for young families. With that will come economic growth. We have an opportunity to make our corner of Michigan a model for the rest of the country. And it’s our responsibility to realize that potential.