Letter to the editor: Michael Garrett for Senate
This year we have all been witness to a parade of dirty political tricks and hit jobs. My state Senator, Trudy Wade, is leading the procession. I am writing today to cut through the noise, tell you a little about myself, and make the case for why I should earn your vote.
I grew up in northwestern Guilford County where I attended Summerfield Elementary, Northwest Middle, and Northwest High School. I went on to graduate a Spartan of UNC Greensboro where I then served as the Chair of the Alumni Board. Now, I own and run my small business in Guilford County and I have started to grow my family here. Our son, Jack, is 10 months old this month. This community has afforded me the opportunity to live the American Dream and I am determined to keep that door open for Jack and the next generation of North Carolinians.
The reason I am running to be your Senator is straightforward. This General Assembly is breaking our state and Senator Wade is holding the sledgehammer.
In addition to being a candidate for office, I am a voter and a constituent. The qualities I look for in my representatives are the courage to stand up for what is right, the humility to understand the job is about serving the public and not one’s self, and a dedication to improving the lives of everyone. Senator Wade has failed my family and thousands more when measured against this standard.
If you serve in an elected office for six years, you had better have something to show for your efforts; something to run on. The petty and false attacks against me and my family reveal not only a lack of substantive accomplishments by her, but a pathetic, and possibly dangerous, race to the bottom of political discourse. Not even a talking puppy commercial can cover up the stains of a campaign as shameful as hers has been this year.
As disappointing as Trudy Wade’s campaign has been, our campaign is not just about her. In recent years local small businesses like mine have seen their taxes go up. Our schools are chronically underfunded with students trying to learn in crumbling buildings and with outdated textbooks. We’re a top ten state by population, but 39th in what we allocate for each student’s education. Thousands in Guilford County are going without health care because this General Assembly is playing politics with people’s insurance. I am running for state Senate because it is time we put people over politics and tackle these issues head-on.
The good news is that this year’s election can change all of that. We have a precious opportunity to correct course and do right by our students, teachers, retirees, and working families.
I am asking for your support. I want to go to Raleigh and fight for you, not a special interest group. I won’t forget who sent me there and I’ll be an accessible and honest voice on your behalf.
Candidate for NC Senate District 27