About Dana Ferguson
Being a Representative is about knowing your constituents. It’s about understanding what they go through on a daily basis. It’s about knowing their struggles, knowing what’s important to them, and knowing the challenges they face. If you don’t know who you represent, how can you represent them? I know the people of the 1st District. I am one of them, and have been my whole life.
Marquette County has been my home most of my life. My parents grew up here as did my grand-parents, and it is where I raise my kids right now. Having grown up in Negaunee to a working-class family, I am versed in the life and values of the people of Northern Michigan and the U.P. This area is where I learned what is important to me. It’s where I learned my work ethic, my love of nature, and my respect and appreciation for a simple life. I may not have always appreciated everything about the area (I still struggle with the winters and mosquitos), but it has always been and always will be my home.
I'm not big on talking about myself, but I realize it's part of the process. I come from a blue-collar background, working in the construction field for a large part of my life. I worked as a laborer while I was getting my bachelor's in Economics and as a carpenter while pursuing my Masters in Public Administration.
Having a family to take care of and bills to pay, faced with a poor job market and not wanting to move, I ended up staying in the construction field. My struggles have made me who I am today. They have taught me to stay positive no matter what. I wouldn’t change anything about my past. The challenges I’ve faced have made me stronger, smarter, and more in tune with those I want to represent.
I know all about the struggles of being a young parent trying to work your way through school. I am all too familiar with struggling to make ends meet while trying desperately to get ahead. I have held tight on the bumpy road of life through the highs and lows. My story is the story of so many living in the 1st District.
I am going to be traveling around the district trying to meet as many people as possible. I hope to have as many opportunities as possible to learn about you and what is important to you, as well as have take a little time to answer any questions about myself. If you want to sit down, grab a snack, have a beer at one of the great micro-breweries in the district, or a coffee at one of the local coffee shops, don't hesitate to reach out.