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The FIRST & 42 Forum: Meet Christine Morse

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To help our community members make informed choices in the upcoming election, we asked candidates running for important local, state, and national seats to participate in our Forum to help you get to know them better. Today, meet Christine Morse.

As a former attorney and current Kalamazoo County Commissioner, Christine Morse is running to represent the 61st District in the State House with a focus on bringing “responsive, transparent leadership to the 61st district and to make progress on increasing access to affordable, quality healthcare and public education, and to protect our water resources.” In this role, Christine’s top priorities would include providing equitable funding for public education, guaranteeing health care for citizens with preexisting conditions, and addressing PFAS contamination and flooding. In terms of supporting economic growth, Christine said, “I support retraining programs like Michigan Reconnect and Going PRO, and believe we need to implement New Deal-like programs similar to the Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration to sustainably bring people back to work modernizing our infrastructure and energy grid. I also want to make sure we are boosting state programs for small business loans in the COVID-19 recovery as well.” Christine also shared with us her go-to campaign song, “Instant Karma” by John Lennon, and her favorite book, “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Meet Christine Morse.

NAME
Christine Morse

AFFILIATION
Democrat

POSITION SEEKING
State Representative

DISTRICT POSITION REPRESENTS
61st House District

EMAIL
info@vote4morse.com

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR RUNNING FOR OFFICE?
I am a former attorney and current Kalamazoo County Commissioner running for State House to bring responsive, transparent leadership to the 61st district; to make progress on increasing access to affordable, quality health care and public education; and to protect our water resources.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS ELECTED OFFICE?

  • Public education—Equitable funding and improved standards.
  • Health care—Guaranteeing health care for Michiganders with preexisting conditions.
  • Water—Addressing the long-term flooding in our community and preventing PFAS contamination.

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH THESE GOALS WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESTRICTION OF THE OFFICE?

  • Public education—As a state representative, I would vote to increase public education funding for both K-12 and higher education budgets.
  • Healthcare—Pass a bill to require all Michigan health care plans to cover people with preexisting conditions.
  • Water—Continue to work with the Texas Township Flooding Taskforce to usher through flooding relief for residents and work with other legislators to reinstate Polluter Pay.

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY IF ELECTED?

I support retraining programs like Michigan Reconnect and Going PRO, and believe we need to implement New Deal-like programs similar to the Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration to sustainably bring people back to work modernizing our infrastructure and energy grid. I also want to make sure we are boosting state programs for small business loans in the COVID-19 recovery as well.

FAVORITE CAMPAIGN SONGS

“Instant Karma” by John Lennon.

FAVORITE MOVIE

“The Wizard of Oz.”

FAVORITE BOOK

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.

FAVORITE FOOD

Tacos.

The Primary will be held on August 4. The general Election will be held on November 3. Christine Morse is seeking this seat as a Democrat.

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