Below is my brief biography. It contains facts about me but doesn’t tell you about me as a person. Here are some things I want you to know about me. I am a proud member of the working class. I did not go hungry as a child, but we were poor. For much of the time I was in grade school I had one pair of shoes and two school outfits. My dad came from a large farm family in Minnesota. My mother does not like to talk about what her life was like when she was young, but she came from a large poor family in the upper part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. They were helped by government assistance during the Great Depression.
I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I was able to attend Michigan State University because of government loans and veteran’s benefits. I started college intending to become an engineer but during my college years I switched my major to Psychology because I intended to work helping people. I spent my working life in jobs directly providing services to people with disabilities and people needing government assistance.
I have benefited from government assistance and have seen how important governmental assistance is to people in need. We need to stop focusing on military strength; instead we need to provide programs which will give more opportunities to people of the working class. Our country is great country, but it can be made better by investing in our people.
Harley Mikkelson was born in Minnesota but has lived in Michigan since he was six years old. He is married and he has five children. He graduated from Michigan State University, served in the U. S. Army and spent one year in South Vietnam. Mr. Mikkelson retired after working for the State of Michigan for over 26 years. He worked for the Departments of Community Health, Education, and Human Services. He was an active American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and United Auto Workers (UAW) member, and he has held several union offices. Besides working for the State of Michigan, he has worked on farms, in a factory, for Michigan Bell Telephone, and for the U. S. Post Office.
Mr. Mikkelson has been voting for the Green Party since 2000 and has been an active Green Party Member since 2002. He was the Michigan Green Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and 2004, for the U.S. Senate in 2008, and Governor in 2010.