Mike at the start of Steve's Run during With Mike O'Brien, candidate for US Talking with potential constituents at
Dowagiac's Summer in the City Congress 6th District the Cass County Fair
With supporters at the Mendon Riverfest parade With young fans at Three Rivers Harmonyfest With St. Joe Democrats at their booth at the Centreville Fair
To my friends, family, fellow Dems, donors, supporters and volunteers,
Thank you all so very much for putting your time and effort into this campaign. From the festivals, fairs, headquarters, and all of the volunteer staffing, along with donations, distributing literature, knocking on doors, setting signs, phone calling and writing letters, this is a campaign we can all be proud of. I know I am.
A countless number of people and hours went into this effort. Every pat on the back, handshake, hug, and conversation helped tremendously. Many new friendships have been made.
I cannot tell you how many people were happy there was a Democratic presence at the fairs and festivals. We have made a difference. We stood up, made our presence known and changed this district. This district is poised to transition with big demographic changes and we need to be ready for that. I feel this campaign has given us momentum moving forward and we need to keep it going by staying involved, motivated and active as a party during election and non election cycles. And by expanding membership of the party.
It all began in mid May when there was no name on the Democratic ticket and an undeserving incumbent was about to waltz into the Capitol. And in just a few short weeks, things began to 'gel' into a viable campaign. We pushed back, shining a light on a systematic attack on the people through party ideology.
We have alot to be proud of. We have changed the face of our district.
I am a better man for knowing and working with all of you through this process. Thank you.
Letter to the Editor from Mike Moroz - October 30, 2012
Dear Fellow Citizens,
This election is about who we are as a people.
Are we going to be an inclusive State, protecting all citizens? Or an exclusionary one based on segregation by class, race, gender, religion, or orientation?
Our government is based on a system of compromise, to achieve the greatest benefit for the most citizens. No government will work without it. To move forward, our representatives must learn the art of compromise.
The Constitution begins with "We the People". It does not begin with "I the Individual". It continues "to form a more perfect Union". I believe in that Union. The people joined together for a common purpose and the general welfare.
We are a community with different perspectives but similar goals. To work properly all citizens must play by the same rules, with shared sacrifice and fairness, that will give every citizen a chance to succeed. Our representatives must give us these opportunities through fair, common sense, legislation.
We must be allowed to practice our free will within the limits of decency, and moral and ethical obligation. So too must our representatives legislate to that end.
I applaud everyone taking an active role in this political process as a voter, volunteer, or candidate. Please vote on Tuesday, November 6th. A reminder that you can vote a straight party ticket, and also vote for individual candidates of your choice.
And we vote a secret ballot, one of the few times we can exercise true freedom, just you voting your conscience.
Candidate District 59
MI State House of Representatives
Mike Moroz Endorsed by Michigan Education Association (MEA)
Press Release 10/31/2012
The Committee to Elect Mike Moroz has received word that the Michigan Education Association (MEA) Michigan's largest teachers union with over 150,000 members throughout the State, has endorsed Mike Moroz for State Representative in District 59. In their statement the organization says "The MEA and the educators of Cass and St. Joseph Counties are proud to recommend Mike Moroz for the 59th House District race. Mr.Moroz will be a strong supporter for education and will fight in Lansing to both ensure our children receive the best possible education and that educators have all of the tools they need to be successful."
Mike Moroz was gratified at the news. "I am honored to receive the endorsement from the MEA. Public education is the bedrock of Michigan's success, and quality education begins with quality teachers, support staff, programs and facilities. We must continue to fully fund public education in an equitable manner to ensure the highest quality education for all students throughout the State. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the MEA."
Moroz has made the voting record of his opponent the central focus of his campaign. He cites votes to amend teacher pension plans, tenure standards and collective bargaining rights; votes to impose state tax on public school employee pensions, to prohibit union dues deductions from employees paychecks, and to increase limits on health care and medical benefits for public employees. Moroz claims that votes to repeal the limit on the number of charter schools and to increase cyber schools have a direct negative effect on public schools. "The only way to gauge the job a Representative is doing for us is to look at his or her voting record. I will fight for quality education for our children, and to insure that teaching remains the honorable profession it has always been."
The Great Debate!
On October 24th, Mike Moroz and Matt Lori met in their only debate at the Cass County Council on Aging (COA) in Cassopolis. It was interesting, entertaining and enlightening.
CLICK HERE to go the article in River Country Journal that describes the debate, has audios of parts of it, and has a link to the entire debate. Thanks to Bruce Snook for his unfailing dedication to news, community and truth.
Moroz Campaign in Full Swing
Press Release 8/8/2012
If you haven't seen or met Mike Moroz on the campaign trail yet, you probably will soon. The Dowagiac native is running for the State House of Representatives, District 59 (St. Joe County and most of Cass) and he's running hard. In the past few weeks he's been at festivals, fairs and events all over the District, with a packed schedule for the remainder of election season.
"This is an amazing experience, something I'll never forget. I love meeting people and talking to them about their concerns, it energizes me. Everyone has thoughts and opinions and deserves to be heard. Some opinions I agree with, some I don't. But what I've found is the common bond of humanity and community. We are not and cannot be in this alone, we need to stand up together and take back our State, our country, our democracy."
| Mike with "Ralph" the 4H goat he bought at the Cass County Fair. Ralph was sold at auction in Shipshewana
Mike's basic message is stated on his handout in three simple points:
He is a small business owner, not a career politician
He is independent minded with a strong belief in middle class values and common sense solutions
He is beholden to no one, and will not be hamstrung by extreme ideology or party politics.
"My opponent, Matt Lori, is pressured by his party to vote their way--he has no choice if he wants to stay in office. The result is that he represents his party, not his constituents. I realize politics is a tough business, but at the end of the day it's your vote that counts. Matt has voted against seniors, teachers, unions, and women. He said yes to the suppression of voter rights."
"His voting record on key issues can be found at VoteSmart.org. He is a member of ALEC, an organization funded by the Koch Brothers among others, that drafts legislation rubber stamped by conservative state legislators throughout the country".
"I entered this race because I thought people should have a choice on the ballot November 6th. I've come to realize that this is more than a choice between two candidates--it's a choice about the kind of representation we want and deserve in the 59th District. I pledge to listen, to learn and to vote for us."
A Letter from Mike Moroz
Dear Fellow Citizen,
I am Mike Moroz and I'm writing to ask for your support in my run for Michigan State House of Representatives, District 59. This District includes most of Cass County and all of St. Joseph County. Redistricting has put the City of Dowagiac in the 59th for the first time, allowing me to run and giving me a good chance to win this seat.
What is happening in Lansing is deplorable. Basic institutions that made this State great are being gutted for the betterment of a few. Public education is under attack and middle class families are working harder for less. Wealthy corporations are doing better than ever while seniors have seen tax increases.
I am a small business owner, I know what it takes to be fiscally responsible, listen to the needs of clients, and be a responsible tax payer. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with labor, teachers, nurses, seniors, family farmers, police and fire fighters. I will represent all hard working citizens of the 59th District and will work to guarantee fair wages, safe workplaces and workers’ rights.
A 1980 graduate of Dowagiac Union High School, I am a lifelong resident of Michigan. I've owned Bock, Inc. dba Double M Painting Services, since 1998. I am president of the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County, which is currently restoring the historic Bonine House in Vandalia. I enjoy Michigan’s public lands and open spaces; hunting, fishing, canoeing, camping and hiking.
I learned at an early age how important a social safety net is for those less fortunate and how important it is to insure no promising student has to leave college for financial reasons.
You have a choice between my opponent, a career politician who has voted in lock step with his party, and is guilty of extreme party overreach; someone who is hamstrung by party politics. Or myself, who is not beholden to party politics, who is not a career politician, and who will go to Lansing with an open mind, fresh eyes and ears, and actually represent the citizens of our district.
We can take back the State House, but I can only get there with your help. Contributions are vital to offsetting my opponent's party machine, with its special interest money. Any amount you can send is most appreciated. Together we will go to Lansing for common sense change. Thank you for your support today and for your vote on November 6th.
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Bill Moyers' documentary "The United States of ALEC"
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