My quest to shift local politics from losing to winning elections was elevated when Bernie Sanders entered the 2016 Democratic primaries. Like much of the nation, I voiced support for Sanders’ campaign and became the Bernie liaison in Big Rapids. I saw an administration led by Sanders, as a solution to the issues I now advocates for in my own platform including single-payer universal healthcare, free use of cannabis, expanded funding for tuition-free public education and of the utmost importance, conservation of the environment and Michigan’s water. 

Through my progressive ventures I connected with numerous like-minded community members and activists. Many of us began to assemble regularly in Big Rapids. In the summer of 2017 our group became an official mid-Michigan based chapter of the national Our Revolution organization. Michigan Our Revolution Electorate now meet in Remus with members who come from a variety of political, social and economical backgrounds. I am an active participant in MORE community action and endeavors. Inherently, MORE have voted unanimously to endorse Dion’s candidacy for the State of Michigan House of Representatives 102nd district in 2018.

Bernie Sanders has inspired millions of people to become active and be the change they want to see. This is about the message. Bernie didn’t just run a race, he started a movement. A movement that will move us forward. A message that has remained unchanged for over 30 years. A calling for the people to stand up to the oligarchy. I for one, am answering the call and implore you to do the same.


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