November 6, 2014

Hello everyone,

I took yesterday, the day after the election, to take one last tour of the district, not to knock doors or go to meetings, but to pull signs and stakes finalizing our ground efforts in this campaign.  Starting at 6 a.m. and finishing at 8 p.m. I had a lot of time to reflect. 

What has happened over the last 10 months is nothing less than incredible.  We created a coalition of people from all walks of life and political backgrounds, who came together to work on a similar vision.

Everyone has selflessly stepped up and fulfilled commitments promised almost a year ago.  The time, donations, effort, support and dedication has been extraordinary.  I am honored that all of you had the confidence in me to put so much into this campaign.

I want to thank both county parties and the UAW.  Without your existence and collective support it would not have been possible to even think of running in this campaign.  And a special thank you to Cathy LaPointe for being an extraordinary manager, who put up with my procrastination and kept a fire under me to stay focused and motivated.

It would be impossible to thank everyone, so please know this, I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.  Please thank yourselves and thank each other too and take pride in a job well done.

We have a lot to celebrate:

We have changed the 59th District

We have heightened awareness of the issues

We have opened the dialogue about what is best for the 59th

We have brought many supporters out of the shadows

We have proven that we are willing to stand and fight

We developed a coalition of supporters regardless of party affiliation

And I will celebrate the many, many new friends I have made.  I am a better person for working with and knowing each one of you.

It does not end here, this is a continuation of what we know to be true. 

To be continued!

The very best to all of you and again a sincere and heartfelt Thank You!

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                                    To the Voters of the 59th District --

Hello, I’m Mike Moroz and I’m running for State Representative in District 59.  I invite you to read my card and “Why I Am Running” below to get to know me; and look at my Issues page to see where I stand on important questions for our District and for the State of Michigan.  

Voters have a clear choice for their Representative
.   While my opponent and I agree on some issues, we are opposed on most.  Go to the  Moroz vs. Miller  page to see how we differ on many issues. My campaign slogan is “Michigan In the Balance” and I truly believe that. Will we keep going down the same road that the current legislature has taken us, or will we change direction?

One party runs the state and they have systematically changed Michigan since 2010
.  They have time and time again demonstrated their willingness to do the bidding of big money, and to ignore the voice of the voters. It's time to change direction.

If you are a teacher, are you better off than you were 4 years ago? 

Is public education better off
than it was 4 years ago?

If you are a woman, is your access to health care better than it was 4 years ago?  

If you are a senior pensionerare you better off than you were 4 years ago?  

If you are a union member, is your union better off than it was 4 years ago?  

Are our roads better off than they were 4 years ago?  

The answer for most of us is a resounding “NO”!  It’s time for change in Lansing.
Thank you for your consideration and your vote on November 4th.

Click here for specific Bills and Acts referred to in the
"My Opponent's Party" list above

"Why I Am Running in 2014"

My name is Mike Moroz and I am a candidate for the State House or Representatives, District 59, encompassing all of St. Joseph County, and Cass County with the exception of Ontwa, Silver Creek, Howard and Milton Townships.  Born and raised in Dowagiac, I am a lifelong resident of Michigan and treasure this State, and this District. 

I’ve owned Bock, Inc. dba Double M Painting Services, since 1998 and am a licensed Maintenance and Alteration Contractor. I am president of the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County , a non-profit organization, currently restoring the Bonine House in Vandalia.  I am also working with county officials and interested citizens on saving the historic Cass County courthouse, and am on the committee to improve downtown Cassopolis. I believe in preservation and restoration--both of our historic homes, towns and villages, but also of the values and way of life that made us who we are.

In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, hunting and fishing.  I am devoted to preserving and protecting Michigan’s public lands, open spaces and waterways.

Growing up in a single mom household, I know what it's like for a kid to go without, and I learned at an early age the importance of a social safety net.  I attended MSU, but couldn't afford to stay;   I am committed that no promising student will have to leave college for financial reasons.

Many people ask why I am running for office.  I ran for this seat in 2012 when I found out the current Representative was unopposed and was going to walk back into office without answering to his constituents.  I reviewed his voting record and was appalled at what I saw.  Laws were being put in place by him and his party which were designed not to create jobs or make life better for the people; but instead were an extreme, overreaching, power grab.  Most of these laws were crafted by a small group of ultra wealthy, out-of-state, special interest groups like the Koch Brothers and Americans for Prosperity, dedicated to imposing their agenda on the citizens of Michigan. 

During that campaign, I warned of a doubling down on these extreme policies and sure enough, it happened.  We have seen the ‘Right to Work’ Law further weaken the position of our unions.  We saw the dismissal of the people’s voice with the implementation of another ‘Emergency Manager’ Law --and the voters of Michigan cannot vote on it ever again.  And we have seen passage of a law which requires women to buy special insurance to cover the cost of miscarriage, incest or rape. This law, too, cannot be overturned by a vote of the people.

Fast forward to 2014, there is an open seat in the House for this District.  I am running again because, even though I have a different opponent, his party remains the same -- unresponsive to voters, insensitive to the people, and influenced by outside interests. 

My former opponent, Matt Lori, claimed he could not push back against his party because he would be ‘shut out’ of the process. How will my new opponent be able to vote his conscience? 

Do you hope your Representative will listen to you and do the right thing?  Or do you want a guarantee that your Representative will do what he says he will do?  I give you that guarantee.  I am independent minded, beholden to no one and will vote an informed conscience that represents my constituents.  I will not be disabled by outside interests or party politics.

One party runs our State--  Governor, State Senate, State House and Michigan’s Supreme Court.  That should make all of us very nervous.

It’s time for more balanced government in Michigan.

We must allow the people’s voice to be heard.  Your vote must count.

I ask for your support and your vote on November 4.  Thank you.