My name is Jason Morgan and I'm running to be your next State Representative — and I hope you will be part of our campaign!
Ann Arbor has a long history of sending strong voices to Lansing, and I plan to build on that legacy of bold, progressive advocacy. For too long our state legislature has worked against Ann Arbor’s—and Michigan’s—best interests. Through aggressive and racist voter suppression laws, restricting funding for critical environmental issues, and preventing a more equitable education system, we have a legislature that has embraced Trumpism.
Now, more than ever, we need progressive and effective voices in Lansing.
I promise that I will tirelessly fight for a Michigan that works for everybody. No matter your race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or socioeconomic status, you should be able to thrive here. But equity isn’t just a single issue. Equity means a strong democracy, environmental justice, a well-funded education system, and more.
But change never happens alone.
So please join me and let's begin the hard work needed to change Michigan!
Putting My Lived Experience
My story begins in a small town in Northern Michigan. With nine restaurants, two motels, and a locally-famous cheese company, I grew up in Pinconning, Michigan. Pinconning was a town of the forgotten: those factory-workers, elementary school teachers, and retail salespeople who could so easily slip under the radar. My father was a commercial fisherman and my mother was a school lunch aide. Day-by-day, I witnessed how hard they worked just so that our family could get by.
As I graduated from high school, I knew that I wanted to spend my life helping people, and giving back to families who were like mine. And to everyone who has been left behind.
But to do that, I needed to work hard. So I did. By working part-time and thanks to state and federal student aid, I earned a Bachelor’s of Political Science as a first-generation college student at Northern Michigan University. Later, I received a Master of Public Administration from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Between then and now, I found home here in Ann Arbor. In 2016, I was elected as a Washtenaw County Commissioner, representing central Ann Arbor. I was re-elected twice with nearly 90% of the vote, and became the first ever LGBTQ Chair of the Board in 2019.
I will never forget where I came from, and the countless people who have guided me to this campaign.
But I also know that I was one of the lucky ones. There are too many in Ann Arbor and in Michigan who do not have the freedom to live instead of just get by.
We can change that, together.