Candidate Name: Michael Fletcher
What office are you running for?
Ohio Senate District 30
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
As a child I pledged to Do my best to do my duty to God and Country; To help other people at all times. As a teen I became a part of a “brotherhood of cheerful service”, as a young man I became part of a Fraternity whose Christian ideals taught, “not without labor” and later I became part of a society whose principles are built on, “service to the people” and a Christian who believes in the teaching that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This is who I am, who I have always been. At this stage of my life I am able to better serve my community and to do the job which most others do not wish to do. I am willing to take on the task which others say I’m crazy for doing. I believe I can help bring the people back together and lead us to build a better place for the next generation. I believe I must try.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
I’m not convinced that there is one biggest issue. Many believe that although our economy has supposedly been strong for a while, we, the people, are on the precipice of disaster. It’s time to reinvest in our infrastructures, our health and methods of caring for one another, the education of our youth and so much more. Many things we take for granted are changing much faster than most people realize. I aim to help us manage and adapt.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is a proactive instruction. As a people it’s time we remembered a few lessons like that one. We need to listen more, speak to one another with civility; seek and build on our common ground. Our nation has been perceived as great because we’ve had the spirit and will to edify each other; to help lift one another up more than we tear each other down. Some may have forgotten those lessons. It’s time we remembered again that greatness does not mean to elevate our own persons but to be the good servant and good steward of that which is given to us.
Who is your hero?
My father is without question the most Christ like man I know. I’ve been mentored and helped by many men but if I have to name a hero, it has to be my father Tom Fletcher. If you ask others who know him, I’m sure you they will say the same.
What are your hobbies?
My family, my work, reading, I have a strong interest in the Native American culture and I started dancing when I was 15. Today I’m a straight dancer and a gourd dancer or I would be if I could get out more. I enjoy native crafts but I don’t often take the time these days. I enjoy singing with the drum if only I had a group to sing with. Scouting has been a big part of my life and I’ve passed that on to my 4 boys who are also all Eagle Scouts. I read about everything.
What is the most recent book you read?
For the last several years my reading has been mostly articles rather than books. There is always a stack of 50 to 100 books beside my bed, hundreds in my office. Most often I’ll read bits and pieces of a book and skip around between them. Reading a novel is my idea of a good vacation and I’ve not done that for a while. The first book I see sitting closest to me now, that I’ve been reading off and on is The History of Ohio University by Thomas Nathanael Hoover. Over lunch I was reading from the scrapbooks of my Great Grandmother circa 1930s.
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
5 kids, 4 sons, one daughter all grown now. There are several others whom I have called adopted sons and daughters or simply adopted family. In the same way I grew up with two sets of parents and I’ve had two other families who have called me their adopted son. I believe family is more a matter of choice than blood. There are 3 dogs, 2 cats and a gecko in my house now, the house plants come and go. My next dog will be another beagle if I have my way.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Help is needed at every level. Introduce these notes to those you know. Connect with our campaign page FletcherForOhio.com, with my facebook campaign page, MichaelFletcher@FriendsForMichaelFletcher and twitter @Fletcher1M. You’ll find links there to donate using ActBlue or volunteer. Studies have shown that the most significant thing we can do is to simply work to GET THE VOTE OUT! Even passively you can link to my social media, like, follow and share it with others.
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
I love the question, “If you had a superpower, what would it be?”
LOL! We all want to be known. Most people don’t take the time to ask others and listen. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to ask thousands of others and to listen to their stories. That has been the result of the various work I’ve done. You’re asking me now and I’m ready to talk to those who want to know.
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
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