I lead because when I see injustice, suffering, or people who just need a hand, I MUST do something. I see the potential to make things better and it takes a lot of people working together to reach that future.
Chris Greig is has been my most recent mentor. She was one of the first people who helped me take action to run for office. Her pragmatic approach and incredible generosity with her time and wisdom have truly made it possible for me to undertake this challenge.
My dad was an automotive executive turned public servant, who became the mayor of a small Michigan town after he retired. I still feel him with me almost every day—he would be so proud and excited about this venture. In my career, my first mentor was Murem Sharpe, an automotive executive when we met, now an entrepreneur, company founder, and still a mentor.
It is invigorating to see this many women running for office for the first time in history, and to hear so many men and women exclaim that this is the right thing. It is thrilling and an honor to have a role in such earth-shaking times.
There is a conservative rural part of my district in which some men are clearly disturbed that “women are taking over.” One gentleman angrily told me that when Hillary was running, his wife got three things in the mail and he didn’t get any. His words resounded with me: “Nobody cares what I think! Nobody is asking me any questions!”
No one wants or deserves to be ignored. It’s a crucial reminder to be inclusive at all times, even if it is our turn.
Rosemary Bayer is running for her first elected position in the Michigan Senate, District 12. Her long-standing career in technology and experience as co-founder of both ardentCause L3C and the Michigan Council of Women in Technology offer a fresh voice for Michiganders.