Hashish advocate-turned small city politician Jamie Cooper fought a tough race for a seat on her hometown of Grand Haven’s Metropolis Council. Her progressive platform included schooling on hashish in Michigan’s rising market, and her perspective as a lady, spouse, mom, and businesswoman, for optimistic change in her group. And, although she misplaced out to male counterparts with a 22.eight % margin, she shook the tree by stepping up and advocating for hashish.
Cooper, who holds a BS in Mass Communication from West Texas A&M College, initially labored as a tv information producer. She additionally labored in journey and tourism, hoping so as to add to the county’s tourism . With expertise in advertising and marketing, gross sales, and enterprise teaching, she based and is CEO of Cannabiz Connection, a networking group within the hashish house that holds Chamber of Commerce-type mixers for the trade all through the state. She’s additionally the Writer of Detroit’s Sensi Journal, a nationwide hashish publication.
Knocking on doorways along with her younger son, Cooper challenged Michigan’s most conservative area, difficult Ottawa County voters face-to-face, discussing group considerations, with a bonus of being totally educated on the quickest rising, multi-billion greenback trade within the nation—hashish.
After the race ended, a spot was left open on the 5 member council, with Cooper’s supporters vocal that she be appointed each domestically and on social media throughout the nationwide hashish group.
Fellow operating mate, Collin Beighley, who garnered simply 9.1 % within the common election, then declined to interview for the appointed seat, stating he’d strive once more within the subsequent election, and will do extra for the group sitting on certainly one of its many boards till then.
Beighley spoke out for Cooper, stating, “I’d additionally prefer to put my assist behind Jamie Cooper, she has proven a flair for this work— and she or he was [third] in votes throughout the precise election.”
One other robust supporter was Ann Haruki, Communications Director for Grand Haven Space Public Colleges, sharing, “I encourage my Metropolis Council to nominate Jamie Cooper. She put effort and time into her marketing campaign. Clearly there may be assist for Jamie to have a seat on the desk.”
Common Grand Haven Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and licensed therapeutic massage therapist, Rebecca Neil, spoke out in favor of Cooper by way of a Letter to the Editor of the Grand Haven Tribune, “I wish to see a lady appointed to the open seat… Jamie has an enormous imaginative and prescient—one which instills range, inclusion, and the growth of our group from lifelong experiences, ardour, and extra. I imagine change is one thing we’re in want of.”
President and 20-year member of the Board of Training for the Grand Haven Space Public Colleges, John Siemion, wrote a letter to council members urging them to provide Cooper the seat, writing, partially, “Happily, this isn’t a recognition contest and also you get the prospect to nominate somebody finest suited to fill that vacant seat. I really feel that Jamie Cooper has these qualities. As it’s proper now there are not any ladies on the town council and I personally really feel that there needs to be at the least one on… I urge you to nominate Jamie to the open seat.”
Mike Fritz has occupied his seat on the council for 16 years, successful one other time period that may ultimately make him a 20-year veteran of native politics. An unnamed supply near the race knowledgeable that Fritz was so assured of his seat he didn’t marketing campaign and did not attend all three hosted boards with the opposite candidates.
The Hashish Problem in Conservative Communities
Change is a sluggish development in a conservative state. And although the nation’s extra conservative areas have stunned everybody with seats going to progressive politicians, it appears Grand Haven’s recognition contest is alive and properly.
Shunning revered members of the group urging that the Grand Haven Metropolis Council appoint a lady to the seat, the council stays all-male, with the choose for the appointed seat given to Mike Dora, who almost ran for the set, however then declined on account of private causes.
He’s sat on the Metropolis Planning Fee since 2015, however a number of searches got here up dry for any data on his work historical past, with no social media accounts or newsworthy mentions of him locally to be discovered, although he’s a lifelong resident.
Attention-grabbing to notice, the supply went on to say, Cooper labored as a member of the Musical Fountain Committee almost so long as Dora’s stint on the planning fee. Whereas Dora was brazenly praised previous to the appointment for his service as a deciding issue; there was no point out of Cooper’s group service, or her intensive work locally concerning hashish, or her work advancing schooling statewide.
So, why would the council appoint a person who by no means ran for something, versus a lady who confirmed up and did the work with acknowledged intent? Phrase on the road is the nice previous boy faction is alive and properly in Grand Haven, with supporters posting their disbelief on social media, concerning Dora’s appointment.
“In a metropolis that wasn’t run by white haired, white males, you’ll have simply gained,” Rob Corbett, CEO of Bodhi Media, mentioned of her move in a county the place ladies make up greater than 50 % of the inhabitants (July 2018 Census).
We’ll by no means know if Cooper’s platform for hashish schooling was a problem. We within the hashish group solely know the reality of her message. One factor is definite, she began the dialog in a really large manner, opening up doorways and minds for others to comply with.
“I’m just a little upset there gained’t be a feminine perspective, or somebody with a younger household on the council, however the deed is completed and it’s what it’s,” she wrote in concession by way of social media. “I’m not sure what my subsequent steps will likely be, so far as group involvement and politics, however my purpose is similar – to assist make Grand Haven a greater place to stay – a extra progressive place to stay.”