“It’s always a pleasure working with volunteers who are accountable and do “what they say” they’ll do. That was my experience working with Cathy Albro as we founded the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Her early support was greatly appreciated. My kids also attended her Creative Learning Center when they were pre-schoolers. Cathy had great vision at an early stage in the “educational daycare” movement. I’m not living in Grand Rapids anymore, but if I was she’d be my pick for Congress in the 3rd District! Good luck Cathy!!”
Georgia Geitzen, CoFounder
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
“As someone who has been deeply involved in the 3rd District community for over 40 years, I understand the need for our representative in Congress to be a strong voice that stands up for the well being of its people. Cathy Albro is that person!
I’ve known Cathy since 1978, when she arrived to teach in East Grand Rapids. I recognized her passion for children and their learning from that very first day. Over the years as she pursued other endeavors of entrepreneurship and working with teachers around the country, her ability to lead was clearly evident. I recall in the 1990’s she successfully ran her her own large child care center, two other corporate on-site centers and her store, while traveling to work with a school each month—all this while being a mom and wife. That takes energy, critical thinking and leadership: all skills necessary to be a successful 3rd District Congresswoman.
I proudly endorse Cathy Albro for Congress and encourage you to join her movement campaign!”
Bert Bleke, Former Superintendent
Lowell Public Schools and Grand Rapids Public Schools
“A friend had encouraged me to check out Creative Learning Center has a potential preschool for my first and only child. I did. Little Alex thrived in the warm, nurturing, stimulating but calm, and wisely managed environment created by Cathy and her excellent staff. My intermittent encounters with her over the years – a renewable energy seminary, a peace march in DC, most recently a climate seminar at Calvin, and others – have only reinforced my admiration and confidence in Cathy’s intelligence, commitment to task, standards of excellence, perceptiveness and ability to listen, really listen, to others. I am convinced that, given the opportunity, she will be an excellent Representative for her constituents.”
“I am endorsing Cathy Albro as our next congressperson. I first met Cathy at a Cosecha meeting. Both of us showing up to be allies of the immigrant movement for dignity, respect and permanent protection. I talked with her about many other issues I care about .. life long education, because markets and careers change, and people want to start businesses. That mental health/rehabilitation funding could save people’s lives from being wasted with drug deaths and imprisonment, which punishes families too. That people need a living wage so they don’t have to have food stamps, and that we must separate business and medical care for labor practices to improve. I spoke with her about income inequality in the face of a dire affordable housing shortage in our area. In my work with Homes for All, I have seen Cathy since showing up at city hall and Linc Up to hear residents concerns about housing and justice issues. In a day’s notice, she drove from Middleville to attend a town hall on housing that was hosted by Winnie Brinks. She shows up and learns up. She is about building relationships with all kinds of people, and her diverse teaching background shows proficiency in that regard. She is about her intentions rather than her ego. I don’t see much of Justin Amash in any of the circles I travel in and I don’t see him protecting the economic, environmental and community interests of his constituents. I think Cathy is passionate about being a problem solver and understands the urgency of our political situation at present. I understand she is also the eldest of 8 kids. I’m pretty sure she will stick up for all of us and the integrity of this nation. She will have my vote in the August primary.”
Martha Cooper, Activist/Artist
“I agree with Ms. Albro’s views and stances on current issues facing the people of the Third Congressional District and the rest of our great state of Michigan. I have been following Mr. Amash and his recent votes on issues, and found that he often does not represent my and others’ needs for critical issues facing Michigan. Ms. Albro has my support this November 2018.”
Kathryn Parker, Retired RN
“Cathy Albro represents everything we need relative to leadership, ideas, and character. She will provide diplomacy and civility while working to solve the problems of West Michigan and our country!”
Roger Durham, Professor
“Cathy Albro represents family values, inclusiveness, and integrity. We need more woman like her in the U.S. Congress. GO GO Albro!”
“Cathy Albro is a person of deep integrity who, I believe, will work diligently to address crucial issues such as education, health-care and the environment. Cathy has the inner resources as well as personal and professional experience to effectively represent the residents of Michigan’s 3rd Congressional district and to be a voice for the issues that matter to so many of us. I whole-heartedly endorse Cathy Albro for United States Congress.”
Sara Parks-Pittman, LLMSW
“I believe in what she stands for.”
“I’ve know Cathy for many years and am so happy to see she is running. I would put a yard sign out and help in any other way I can.”
Delores White, Retired
“When Amash failed to stand up to Trump when he had a chance I said I would do everything I can to unseat him. He’s anti choice for women. That’s enough for me. Besides I want to see as many women in DC as possible.”
“Cathy will speak out when needed. She will represent the people and put country and democracy first. Not politics and special interest like Justin.”
“I know her as a supporter of Parenting for Peace, a group that I helped found and led for several years. My partner knows her through their commonality as teachers of young children. We both see her as a person of commitment and integrity.”
Grand Rapids and the district surrounding it have a long history of practical, people-oriented Representatives in Congress. People like Jerry Ford, Richard VanderVeen, Paul Henry, and Vern Ehlers saw that sound, pragmatic government could make a positive difference in our community, and worked with both their allies and their adversaries to help that happen.
We’ve had a break from that tradition with the current ideologue occupying that seat, one who ignores both Democratic and mainstream Republican viewpoints for his own abstract Libertarian dogma, someone who’d rather win an argument (in his own mind) than win someone’s appreciation and trust.
Cathy Albro isn’t like that. She listens. She learns. She lends a hand. She would be a return to good government and representation in Washington for the people of West Michigan.
Beyond a doubt, Cathy Albro is the most qualified person running for the office of the United States Congress. As a former teacher and businesswoman, she’s done it all. Cathy exemplifies honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. Her honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our district’s problems and needs, along with her willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to the public’s questions and concerns, sets her far apart from the other candidates.
Cathy will work tirelessly to ensure our fundamental right to Universal Health Care, quality education, clean water and a vibrant inclusive economy. And so, I am writing today to express my support for her campaign and my intention to vote for Cathy Albro in the upcoming primary.
A key part of building a stronger, stable future for our country is the education of our young people. I am happy to endorse Cathy because she has a wide range of experiences in leadership positions in her career in education. Couple her experience with her concern for the well-being of others and I believe we have a candidate who is uniquely qualified to help build a brighter future for all of us. I wholeheartedly endorse Cathy to serve as Michigan’s Third Congressional District’s next member of the House of Representatives. When I sit down and complete my absentee ballot this evening, I will be filling in the oval behind Cathy’s name.