Get to Know Christopher Clevenger-Morris

Get to Know Christopher Clevenger-Morris

Name: Christopher Clevenger-Morris
Office you’re seeking: Board of Education - Kent City School District
Are you an incumbent?
No
Age:
28
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/ChrisForKent
Twitter:
www.Twitter.com/ChrisEClevenger
Website:
www.ChrisForKent.com

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Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.)
First and foremost, let me say that I am the proud product of public schools. I grew up in rural Southern Ohio, with the support of two amazing parents. My father, Randy, was a full time flooring specialist who eventually started his own company. My mother, Polly, worked as a Human Resources specialist for Wal-Mart.

Early on they taught me that regardless of where we came from, or what we had, we had a responsibility to support those around us, and to give back to our community wherever we could.

I moved from my small town of about 300 people to Kent in 2009, to study Political Science at Kent State University. In the next ten years I would graduate from Kent State, meet the love of my life, get married, and launch my own communications consulting firm, CC Morris & Associates.

Today, I work as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and serve as one of five Commissioners for the City of Kent’s Planning Commission.

Why are you running for this office?
I’m running for School Board because we have an obligation to provide our students with the best possible resources to succeed, and with the best possible environment to grow. That includes ensuring our students have access to arts programming like music and theatre, and that our schools are safe.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?
1. Transparency: If we want our community to be actively engaged in our school district, we have to keep them informed of district initiatives, how we’re performing, and where their tax dollars are being spent. This should be done in an open way that provides everyone in our community an opportunity to participate.

2. Advocacy: As a member of the Board, I’ll utilize nearly a decade of experience in advocacy and government relations to go right to the source on the issues facing our students. If we want to change the way resources are allocated in Columbus, we have to start working with our state legislators.

3. Safety: We live in an age in which the risk of violence in our schools is at an all time high. In order to protect our students, we must ensure that our policies and procedures are actively evolving to respond to changing circumstances. To do this we must ensure that our schools have updated safety plans, and safety training for our students, teachers, staff and administrators.

School safety should also include a comprehensive policy to protect our students from bullying and harassment. These policies must also  address bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic status.

Give us a fun fact about yourself.
JK Rowling and her team at Pottermore seem to insist that I’m a Gryffindor. I bleed yellow and black. Hufflepuff for life. I will die on this hill.

What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?
Outside of having so many amazing communities across the state, my favorite thing about Ohio is being able to experience all four seasons in 24 hours or less.

Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us!
My favorite sports team is the West Virginia Mountaineers!

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
Sing by Pentatonix.

What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast?
I have seen the West Wing all the way through about 19 times now. It’s constantly playing in the background when I’m working, writing, or just relaxing. For the record – I’m a Sam/CJ mix.

If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in?
If I was an Olympic athlete I would probably compete in Volleyball. I’d probably also injure myself very quickly.

Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign?
Young Democrats can support my campaign in a number of ways. Knocking on doors, making phone calls and helping with lit drops and mailings is the easiest way to get involved. Donations are also always appreciated.

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