I lead to improve the lives and futures of the people in my community, to help restore some manner of common sense to government, and to help fight injustice.
When I was a fledgling TV news reporter in Lansing, struggling to balance the demands of work and family, I was inspired by women like Jennifer Granholm and Gretchen Whitmer, who showed me that it was possible to be both a powerful and a compassionate leader. I have also long admired Rep. Christine Greig for using her voice to fight for equality and security for all Michigan families. She has been so generous with her time, energy, and support for those of us who are learning the ropes. I hope to mentor others the way they have mentored me.
I can’t think of a better time to run for office as a woman. It feels like we’ve finally moved past the point where people ask things like, “Can you really do this as a woman?”
My husband and three kids are my biggest cheerleaders—proudly wearing their campaign T-shirts around town and telling everyone what I’m doing. My immigrant parents support me with their belief in me and their renewed sense of optimism that the opportunity this state once gave them can be restored. I want to restore that hope to everyone.
Mona is a journalist who has covered the capitol for years, which has given her a chance to learn from strong, inspirational leaders. Raising three children (aged 10, 8, and 6) with her husband spurs her to help create a community where her children can see themselves reflected in their government.