I lead for the people who don’t have a voice: for my son, for my niece and nephews, so future generations of Michiganders will be able to call the Great Lake State home.
When I first met Chris, she immediately put me at ease with her encouragement about my candidacy. After a training seminar for new candidates, Chris sent me a note and campaign contribution. The follow-up made me realize that what I’m doing is so important, and when I get to Lansing I know I’ll be working with some amazing people.
I’m inspired by the actions of people in my life: family members who have served in the armed forces, my cousin who has dedicated her professional life to politics, and friends who have successfully turned intense loss and grief into something positive.
My family is my greatest support system. As a single mom working a full-time job, I knew running for state office was going to be time consuming and expensive. When my dad suggested I sell my house and move back home so I could focus on winning in November I was slightly horrified—move back home? But it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Running for office as a woman, I expected to work twice as hard to prove that I am just as capable as a man, but the truth is that people are really excited to see women running for office. I will say, I didn’t expect to be called ‘kiddo.’ I’m nearly 40 years old!
Melissa Frugé has Michigan roots that go back almost five generations in her family. She’s running for the 105th district seat in the House of Representatives to find real solutions to issues many Michiganders face: access to reasonable housing, quality health insurance and affordable childcare.