• Wed. Jun 7th, 2023

Senate candidate Morgan Harper says her story is Ohio’s story

‘Morganizing the world’

By Dan Yount

The Cincinnati Herald

Morgan Harper, Esq., a consumer protection attorney and community organizer, is a 2022 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate for Ohio, who says her story is Ohio’s story.

Born to a teenager, Morgan lived in a foster home for nine months before being adopted and raised in Columbus by a public school teacher. Her mother, an immigrant from Trinidad, supported her and her brother while facing constant financial stress throughout their childhood, having gone through a bitter divorce. She received scholarships to attend Tufts (BA), Princeton (MA) and Stanford (JD).  She went on to clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, worked as a paralegal at the Federal Trade Commission and served as a Senior Advisor at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Obama Administration, protecting consumers against predatory corporations. Most recently, she was the Director of Policy & Advocacy at the American Economic Liberties Project, a non-profit fighting to break up corporate monopolies across the economy. In this role, she testified before Congress on the unchecked power of Big Tech.

Harper is the co-founder of Columbus Stand Up!, a grassroots community organization that has mobilized volunteers across Central Ohio to serve the community and protect vulnerable populations from the spread of Covid-19.

Her main primary opponent is Jim Ryan, which she bashes as a career politician.

Harper said she is running to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate to get political and economic power back on the side of working people. 

Harper said her early life experiences gave her a first hand view of the situations many Ohioans experience, such as single parents and low income people face every day. “I also learned that everybody has an opportunity to seize the American Dream,” she said.

Harper, who said she would not accept PAC funds for her run for the Senate, is running under the slogan of “Morganizing the World.”

Harper said middle class families, as well as low income families, need support  and a fair shot, citing assistance in tuition costs, training to work or run a business such as a hair dresser, IT consultant, and other small companies. She added it is especially important that Black women are raised up, by enforcing wage discrimination laws.

As a U.S. Senator, Harper said she would plug tax loopholes for wealthy.

She said she would focus on breaking up the consolidation of power by supporting anti-trust legislation.

“We need to level the playing field,” she commented.

She also opposes the U.S. involvement in war, citing veterans who tell her, she said, that “Enough is enough.” She would also support a system of some sort of reparations of for African Americans, be it through educational assistance or other financial assistance.

“The U.S, government does not reflect our values,” she said. “A lot of women are now stepping up for seats in the U.S. Senate, as we have not had the kind of representation.”