With the help of others

It's tough to think of an instance where we don't need the help of another person.

In this difficult year, I decided to run for elected office. For several years, I'd helped others, including my husband, run and win their races.

As a first-time statewide candidate, just shy of 100,000 people voted for me. While I didn't win a seat on the Wayne State University Board of Governors, I did learn a tremendous amount about Wayne State University(WSU), what voters want and myself.

As a WSU alumna, I ran for many reasons, including to better connect WSU to all of Michigan's 83 counties, to be a bridge among board members and to inspire others to run for elected office.

I needed a lot of help with my campaign and many people shared their knowledge, resources and encouragement.

I'm proud to call Michigan home.

Susan Odgers

Traverse City

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