Get to Know Michaela Burriss

Get to Know 2017 Endorsed Candidate ... Michaela Burriss

Name: Michaela Burriss
Office you’re seeking: Upper Arlington City Council
Are you an incumbent? No
Age: 30
Twitter: @MichaelaHahnB

Why are you running?

I’m running because I believe in public service and good government. After our Council experienced a recall effort last summer, I knew how necessary it was in the 2017 election that residents have a candidate who is excited about our future and looking forward.

My childhood involved many challenges. These challenges gave me perspective and patience. I have the temperament UA residents need to feel heard, even on days where we don’t agree. I’ll always take the meeting, get coffee, and do everything I can to make UA residents feel heard.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?

  1. Accessibility: Willingness to meet with any resident no matter their position on issues.
  2. Accountability: Maintaining our City’s AAA Bond Rating. Fiscal responsibility with tax dollars and pragmatism when expanding services and the role of local government.
  3. Advancement : Smart residential and economic development that increases variety without drastically changing neighborhoods. Increasing sidewalks and connectivity via mass transit.

Give us a fun fact about yourself.

I’m a dual citizen. My mother is a German immigrant and I was born (in the US) before the countries stopped recognizing it and making people choose. I’ve had a German passport almost my whole life.

Who is your favorite president? Why?

FDR. Seemingly all of our politicians are able-bodied. That our longest serving President wouldn’t be is astonishing.  Programs he championed (SEC, FDIC/Glass-Steagall, March of Dimes, NLRA, Minimum Wage, and Social Security) are pillars of American society and strong democracies to this day. Protecting workers and consumers via pay, collective bargaining, and banking were huge. The idea that the most vulnerable among us – poor, elderly, sick – shouldn’t be damned to a life of hardship and poverty… not to mention his leadership during our country’s toughest economic time.

What’s your favorite food on the campaign trail? Why?

I’m a carb queen – pasta, pizza, bread etc. Basically everything my gluten intolerant campaign manager (Will Scarbrough) can’t eat.. which has it’s challenges 😉

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why?

I’ve never really admired fictional characters. If I could have a super power, maybe flying?

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

As a college athlete who did get to pick “walk out” songs in finals races, and someone who has always really connected with music and lyrics, I’m one of few people who probably gives this sort of thing a lot of thought. 😉 Lately I’ve been really feeling P!nk’s “Just Like Fire” and the Gryffin Remix of Sigrid “Don’t Kill My Vibe” 😉

What was your first paid job?

As a summer league swim coach! I still have a clipboard that was a gift from one of my swimmers that year (we’re still close and he’s a rising sophomore at OU – GO Bobcats!). I’ve been using it to canvass. It’s a great reminder to be positive and impactful, even when it’s tough.

How can young dems help in your race?  

Our individual limits locally are $250/annually. If every OYD member contributed $25 to my race right now, I could meet our fundraising goal for the entire campaign! That’s how important grassroots contributions will be. Come out and canvass! My neighbors are very thoughtful and kind. The architecture in this community has so much character. It is a beautiful and inviting place to spend your weekend. Walking with us and telling UA voters to pick Burriss this November will go a long way!