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TRAVERSE CITY – The first Democratic challenger to Representative Jack Bergman has thrown his hat into the ring.
Retired Marine Corps officer Matt Morgan has announced his candidacy for Congress representing Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
“I’ve spent my life putting service before self. Now I’m seeking that same opportunity, but this time at home, here in Michigan. For years our representatives have had every opportunity to address the challenges facing our communities, and they’ve failed. We need a fresh start,” said Morgan via news release.
The releases says Morgan served as an infantryman and public affairs officer in the Marine Corps before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He and his wife, Angie, who grew up in L’Anse and Kalkaska, live in Traverse City with their two school-aged sons.
“Since leaving the Corps, I’ve felt that I could be doing more to help Northern Michigan and the UP,” said Morgan. “Families work two jobs and can’t make ends meet. One in five children go to bed hungry each night in our hometowns. Entire communities miss out on new job opportunities, because we lack basic infrastructure, like high-speed Internet and reliable roads, which attract modern employers. We deserve better.”
Matt has worked as an independent military consultant and as an advocate for helping facilitate veterans’ access to healthcare and post-combat related mental health services. In 2016, he produced the groundbreaking documentary for the Smithsonian Channel, The Unknown Flagraiser of Iwo Jima, which featured the positive identification of a previously unknown Michigan native.
The release gives a few resources for contact the campaign. For more information, contact Lisa Maxbauer Price at (917) 518–4345 or visit: www.mattmorganformichigan.com.
The release also provided a full bio on Morgan, which can be read below:
"Matt Morgan grew up in a working class family in a rural farming community in central Illinois. He’s the son of a highway construction foreman and a public school teacher.
After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1993, he was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, and served more than 20 years in uniform. A veteran of the Iraq war, Matt has spent a total of nearly three years deployed overseas, to include numerous operations in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. At home, he has worked at nearly every level of command, including in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under both Republican and Democratic administrations, where much of his work was focused on policy and initiatives aimed at securing vulnerable populations against violent extremism.
In addition to his extensive operational experience, Matt holds a master’s degree in military studies and has served as a guest lecturer at the Marine Corps Staff Training Program and the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.
After retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel, Matt and his wife, Angie, who grew up in L’Anse and Kalkaska, Michigan, returned to northern Michigan to raise their two sons.
Since that time, Matt has worked as an independent military consultant and remained an advocate for helping facilitate veterans’ access to healthcare and post-combat related mental health services. In 2016, he produced the groundbreaking documentary for the Smithsonian Channel, The Unknown Flagraiser of Iwo Jima, which featured the positive identification of a previously unknown Michigan native.
After living in five states and more than a dozen moves, Matt and Angie now call Traverse City home. Matt is currently seeking the Democratic Nomination for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District."
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