FLUSHING — On February 10, John Cherry (D-Flint) announced his candidacy for State Representative of the 49th District. The seat is currently held by Phil Phelps who is term restricted.
The 49th district includes a part of Genesee County including part of the City of Flint, Flint Township, the City of Flushing, the City of Mt. Morris, Mount Morris Township and the City of Swartz Creek.
Cherry, the son of state representative Pam Faris and former Lt. Governor John Darrell Cherry Jr., was born in Clio, Michigan and raised in Vienna Township. He lives in Flint, is married and has one child.
Cherry grew up in a politically active environment, participating in campaigns for friends and family. He graduated from The Valley School in 2003 and attended the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where he earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Natural Resources. He continued his education at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the U-M, earning a Master of Public Policy in 2009.
After graduation, Cherry moved back to Flint, and began working at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office of Science and Policy. Later he moved to the DNR’s grants management staff and was promoted to the Department’s performance management coordinator in 2011.
He also became active in civic life becoming Secretary of the College Cultural Neighborhood Association, participating in neighborhood committees, on an advisory committee of the Flint Master Plan and as vice-chairperson of the Flint Charter Revision Commission.
The new charter, approved by voters in August 2017, put in place strong ethics standards, improved budgetary protocols, increased the accountability of City government, and the ability of citizens to participate in government.
In his announcement speech, Cherry talked about growing up during a time when the role of government and public servants was to protect the dignity and integrity of each individual.
“Dignity and public service are no longer the common theme amongst many politicians,” Cherry said. “As they have set aside concern for our citizens, it has resulted in crumbling infrastructure, failing schools, hatred between brothers and sisters, and reduced prosperity.”
“This type of government must end. We need leaders that show a genuine dedication to the public, whether or not it is easy or convenient for them. Right now, we have too many leaders who are too concerned about petty games, their future career, or their personal image, and not focused on genuine public service and getting the job done for the citizens they represent.”
“That’s why I am running to be Michigan’s next Representative from the 49th State House district. My record reflects a genuine commitment to public service, hard work, and problem solving.”
As a State Representative, Cherry said he would advocate growth policies ranging from investment in infrastructure to expansion of training and education programs. Proper funding for public schools and local governments, adequate healthcare and addressing industrial contamination are other interests.
Or write to Friends of John Cherry, 2013 Pierce St., Flint MI 48503