He has it. He wants to take it to Lansing.
was raised by a single mom
had his first job at an early age
has been through a lot.
He’s not a perfect guy, but can relate to people.
Can you relate?
His biological father left his family when he was five years old. His mother worked long hours at an entry-level job which allowed her to provide for Mike and his two sisters. He lived close to the poverty level for most of his young life.
Eventually Mike’s mom worked her way up to become an assistant vice president of a major financial institution. His mom’s example taught him valuable life lessons, instilled self-reliance, determination and a strong work ethic in him.
His biological father did not play a role in his life. He was blessed to have a very close relationship with his grandfather, who shared his love for the outdoors (especially fly fishing) with Mike.
His grandfather grew up during the Great Depression and was afflicted with polio early in his childhood, but he never let it slow him down. Mike learned resilience and fortitude from his grandfather, who also taught him lessons about fair play, a hard day’s work, and being honest.
When he was 26 years old, Mike’s mother remarried. His stepfather adopted him and became the father, mentor and friend Mike always wanted to have. His parents brought together two families to form a close-knit family filled with love and lots of laughter.
“I believe that hard work fulfills one of the roles God designed for a man; it is where we develop our ability to provide for our families and become self-reliant men.” — Michael Vickory
Rising above it
Education, work and family
Mike attended public school through high school. He studied marketing and business management at Baker College. Despite some of the benefits of traditional education, Mike says the most important knowledge he has acquired has been through self-education — the direct result of his curiosity, and love for knowledge and truth.
His appreciation of earning an honest wage began when I was 14. His first job was as a dishwasher at a little Greek restaurant in Troy. He has never been afraid of hard work or learning new occupations or new ideas. Mike has worked in several fields including:
- house painting
- data processing
- computer and software repair and maintenance
- real estate
- the financial industry
- and the golf industry
He has been married and divorced. He has experienced how the legal system effects the integrity of a family. He loved being a father and a husband and truly felt blessed every day when he came home from work. Unfortunately, as many do in today’s society, his marriage did not withstand the trials of life. Sadly the marriage ended. He continues to lament the consequence of a broken bond with his son.
Mike began visiting the Lewiston area when he was 11 years old. Although he grew up in metro Detroit and most of his family still lives in the Detroit area, he has made his home in northern Michigan. After adoptive his father passed away unexpectedly six years ago, he moved to Lewiston to be closer to his mother. In that short time he has come to call the area home; Mike feels more connected to Montmorency County than any other place he has lived.
He sees what’s wrong in government and knows how to fix it.
Mike became involved in politics three years ago when he realized he could make a difference. He began thinking about what it would take to change the wrong course he believes we are taking.
He wants to get Michigan and his nation back on the right course. Mike believes politicians in both parties are suspect. He wants to do his part to reverse course and bring the government back to the people.
So far, Mike has served:
- at the township level as a precinct delegate for Albert Township
- at the county level as the Treasurer and the Secretary for the Montmorency County Republican Party and
- as a Committeeman for the 105th House District on the First District Executive Committee
He is a member of the Oscoda County 912 Tea Party Patriots group and has had the blessing of meeting some true patriots and wonderful people.
But, there are many things lacking in today’s discourse, especially the neglect of the everyday folks who do their part and just want to live without burdensome government telling them how to live. This is why he is running for the Michigan House of Representatives.
It runs deep.
Mike’s mom was one of his first spiritual teachers. She showed him how to love God, how to pray and appreciate the gifts we all receive from God. One of the fondest memories he has is of kneeling down before bed and saying his prayer before his mom tucked him into bed for the night.