Candidate:
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 8

Jason Morgan
Democrat



Jason Morgan

Jason Morgan is a student in the master's program at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy. He is running for his second two-year term on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and faces Republican Jeffrey Gallatin in the Nov. 6 general election. Both Morgan and Gallatin were unopposed in the Aug. 7 primary.

On his campaign website, Morgan describes his priorities in these categories: public safety and human services, strengthening the local economy, quality of life, and government that works.

He was first elected to the county board in 2016, running unopposed in both the Democratic primary and November general election. He currently serves as chair of the board's working session and is part of the county's leadership team.

Morgan is the former director of government and community relations for Washtenaw Community College, a position he held from 2013 until resigning in the spring of 2016. Previously he served as an aide to U.S. Rep. John Dingell, working as a liaison to Washtenaw County constituents.

Morgan has been active in the Washtenaw County Democratic Party, and serves on the executive committee for the Ann Arbor Democratic Party. He was chair of the Washtenaw County Community Action Board, which oversees programs run by the county’s office of community & economic development. He also was a board member of the nonprofit Jim Toy Community Center.

Morgan earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Northern Michigan University. He is not married and lives in the Pattengill neighborhood.

Leah Gunn, a former Washtenaw County commissioner, is serving as Morgan's campaign treasurer. Gunn is also treasurer for the Ann Arbor City Council re-election campaigns of Christopher Taylor (mayor) and Julie Grand (Ward 3).

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Note: Jason Morgan is not related to Mary Morgan, executive director of The CivCity Initiative, the nonprofit that operates AnnArborVotes.org.

Jason Morgan:  In The News

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video)Community Television Network, Sept. 26, 2018

Outcomes of Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioner RacesWEMU, Aug. 8, 2018

Can Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County develop a long-term plan to address racial inequity?Concentrate, May 2, 2018

Thursday #StopSpencer teach-in emphasizes safe, strategic protestMichigan Daily, Nov. 30, 2017

'Incredible detective work' leads to recovery of commissioner's stolen bikeMLive, Nov. 27, 2017

Jason Morgan talks publicly for first time about having muscular dystrophy (video)MLive, Aug. 3, 2017

Washtenaw County funds programs aiding undocumented immigrantsMichigan Daily, May 7, 2017

Washtenaw County flies transgender pride flag, notes economic effects of discriminationMLive, March 31, 2017

Humane Society of Huron Valley Candidate Questionnaire – August 2016

No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 75-76)

Jason Morgan leaves WCC to pursue political careerWashtenaw Voice, May 16, 2016

WCC administrator runs for county commissioner positionWashtenaw Voice, Jan. 19, 2016

Ann Arbor resident announces run for Washtenaw County BoardMLive, Sept. 30, 2015

Process Debated for Platt Road, Act 88 FundsThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, March 2, 2014