Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 8
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 is unopposed in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. He will face Republican Jeffrey Gallatin in the Nov. 6 general election.
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), Julie Grand (Ward 3) and Graydon Krapohl (Ward 4).
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
Outcomes of Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioner Races – WEMU, 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 protest – Michigan Daily, Nov. 30, 2017
'Incredible detective work' leads to recovery of commissioner's stolen bike – MLive, 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 immigrants – Michigan Daily, May 7, 2017
Washtenaw County flies transgender pride flag, notes economic effects of discrimination – MLive, March 31, 2017
Humane Society of Huron Valley Candidate Questionnaire – August 2016
No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016
Jason Morgan leaves WCC to pursue political career – Washtenaw Voice, May 16, 2016
WCC administrator runs for county commissioner position – Washtenaw Voice, Jan. 19, 2016
Ann Arbor resident announces run for Washtenaw County Board – MLive, Sept. 30, 2015
Process Debated for Platt Road, Act 88 Funds – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, March 2, 2014