You know as well as I do that our freedoms are in jeopardy. Many wealthy people and groups are trying every day to undermine our rights. But there are also people and groups who are working to protect the rights of women, the workers, and so many other marginalized communities.
My Kent County Commission campaign is endorsed by several groups that have worked to defend the rights of women and workers, including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, AFSCME Council 25, and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. They trust me — and only me — to carry the fight for workers and women to the Kent County Commission.
Meanwhile, here in Michigan, Right to Life and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce are among the two groups who are working to undermine our freedoms. As you can imagine, they’ve endorsed a bunch of Republicans — but they’ve also endorsed one of my Democratic primary opponents: Monica Sparks.
You read that right: One of my Democratic primary opponents. Or at least she’s running as a Democrat.
You see, Sparks was a Republican precinct delegate in 2014 and 2016, meaning that it was her responsibility to help elect Trump, Rick Snyder, and other Republicans up and down the ballot in Michigan.
But something happened in 2016.
That year, the 12th County Commission District continued its leftward shift. Hillary Clinton won the district by five points, and our county commissioner — Harold Mast, a popular, moderate Republican — was narrowly re-elected. Two years earlier, Gary Peters had beaten Terri Lynn Land in the district despite the fact that Land lives just outside the district.
Last year, Mast announced his retirement more than 20 years after he was first elected. When I heard that Sparks was also planning to run, I assumed she was running as a Republican. But no — she chose to seek our Party’s nomination instead.
But I — Scott Urbanowski, a longtime political activist and community servant — also decided to run.
Specifically, I’m running for three reasons:
- To help ensure that the County is adequately serving the less fortunate and our veterans — two groups whom I’m especially passionate about serving.
- To do my part in my small corner of the world to renew people’s trust in government.
- To ensure that young people, the LGBTQ community, labor, and the poor have one of their own at the table of government.
To that last point, there are currently no LGBTQ Kent County commissioners; few, if any, have faced hardship, at least in recent years; few, if any, belong to labor unions; and less than ¼ are under the age of 50. (The youngest Democrat on the Commission just turned 50 this spring.)
I’m the only LGBTQ Kent County Commission candidate in a winnable seat for Democrats. I’m also one of the youngest Democratic candidates running in a battleground Kent County Commission seat.in any battleground seats. On top of that, I’m a proud member of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981, and I have overcome poverty.
In short, I can add a lot to the Kent County Commission — but first, I need to beat a Chamber of Commerce- and Right to Life-backed opponent on August 7.
Help me stand up for women, workers, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized people by chipping in $30 or more.
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