Carlee is running for State Representative in the newly drawn 74th District to represent the communities of South Lansing and Holt, where she was born and raised. Coming from a working-class background, Carlee attended Holt Public Schools and benefited from the free lunch program. At 16, she started working minimum wage customer service jobs in the library, dining halls, restaurants, and coffee shops. Wishing to better the lives of people in her community through public service, Carlee earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Michigan and attended graduate school at the University of Southern California to earn a master’s degree in Public Policy.
Most recently, Carlee served the Lansing area as the Mid-Michigan Regional Coordinator for U.S. Senator Gary Peters. In this role, Carlee acted as the bridge between the region and Washington D.C., fielding legislative requests and connecting residents with federal agencies. Carlee quickly became frustrated by the slow pace of government legislation. While communities in Michigan continue to face crises in education, economic inequality, climate, gun violence, mental health, and so many others, the policy solutions coming out of the state and federal government have been underwhelming and ineffective. That’s why Carlee is running to represent a new wave of progressive leaders who are ready to act on our most pressing issues by passing effective policy solutions to build a brighter future for people in her district and across Michigan.