Morgan plots return to Ingham Co. commission

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Former Ingham County Commissioner Thomas Morgan is seeking to stage a comeback in 2022. Morgan was narrowly defeated after his first term last August in a primary matchup against challenger and fellow Democrat Bob Pena for an eastside Lansing seat.

Morgan’s political resurrection plans, however, don’t involve another faceoff with Pena.

Last week, the County Apportionment Commission redrew Commission district boundaries — renumbering them to add a 15th seat to the Board of Commissioners. Under the new maps, Morgan’s home will shift from what is located in Pena’s 10th District into a newly renamed 7th District. And that seat will be decided at the polls next August and November.

Morgan, 41, a communications consultant with the Michigan Education Special Services Association, issued a statement on why he is running:

“I grew up in a working-class home, floating right around the poverty line, so I know what it’s like to need the kind of help that the county government can provide. I’m proud of my work as a county commissioner in expanding mental health services for the poor, strengthening Meals on Wheels for seniors and increasing transparency in county government. I’m running because there are too many hardworking people out there struggling to make it, and they need more representation at all levels of government. I’m encouraged by the early support my campaign has already received from numerous community leaders, and I can’t wait to get back to work.”

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