Matt Friedrichs fell in love with Detroit nearly a decade ago while studying Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan. He moved to Detroit in 2012, and has been engaging with the community ever since – working with his church, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, and serving as a Community Organizer with the MOSES Project, a faith-based nonprofit that fights for social justice issues.
During his three years at MOSES, Matt became intimately familiar with Detroit’s history and the incredible power of its communities. He also saw firsthand the challenges still facing Detroit and Hamtramck – concerns about issues like fair housing, quality education, effective transportation, and economic development – and looked for opportunities to act.
As a Community Organizer, Matt worked with churches to bring people together at meetings and forums, and built relationships with local officials who could push lawmakers in Lansing to act on these concerns. Some of the initiatives Matt has been proudest to support are the Coalition for the Future of Detroit School Children, Raise Michigan – the effort to increase Michigan’s minimum wage, and current actions to ensure adequate funding to Detroit’s and the Region’s Public Transportation.
Matt’s time as a community organizer showed him what remarkable progress can occur when a community comes together – but also the importance of effective local leadership. Inspired by friends and family members who have fearlessly responded to the call to lead and act on the issues affecting our community, Matt has taken steps to prepare himself for further public service, pursuing his law degree at Wayne State University.
In 2018, Matt hopes to continue serving the people and community of Detroit by running for State Representative in Michigan’s 4th District. As your prospective representative, Matt offers you his experience in local and community politics, his education in law and engineering, his energy and drive, and – most of all – his passion for Detroit and his fellow neighbors.
Matt lives in the New Center Commons, and when he is not studying or working, he enjoys morning swims at Belle Isle and movies at the Ford drive-in theater.