I am a lifelong servant leader - whereas I believe that in order to be a successful leader, you put others first. Throughout my life, I have put these values into practice. As a young man, I worked as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for twelve years and served at my local YMCA. Then in 2013, my peers and I established the William C. Morin Sr. Foundation. The Morin Foundation is a small non-profit organization where I served as the volunteer Executive Director and worked to create it from the ground up. The Foundation provides funding opportunities and access for students to launch groundbreaking social ventures, spanning across multiple cities and has provided over tens of thousands in grant funding since its inception. The foundation's mission is to teach kids to fail forward and give more to the community than they received.
With a continued passion for servant leadership and public service, in 2018 I ran as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in South Carolina's 4th Congressional District with great success in community outreach. During my campaign, I fought against the effects of institutionalized racism and access while cultivating stronger ties to business and non-profit leaders in the community. Openly discussing the issues forced the greater community to collaborate with people of color and marginalized communities in their approach to environmental advocacy in vastly different ways. While many successes and strides have been achieved, there is still much to be done, and learned, as we fight for the protection of the environment for all. I consider the effort essential to my continued pragmatic-idealistic endeavors, which means that I will do whatever it takes for the best possible outcome for my neighbors and constituents.
Today, unfortunately, the question of service is one that our elected leaders seem to have forgotten. Politics has become more and more a game to see who can get the most power, with ordinary people’s lives seeming less and less important.
Thanksgiving 2008, serving dinner to the troops at the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, Germany with the U.S. National Luge Team.
(Will was the team's Athletic Trainer)
We need a candidate who thinks about the community not just as a talking point for a TV appearance, but who thinks about all the elements that go into a successful, sustainable community that serves all of our neighbors equally. We need a candidate whose ear is close enough to the ground to understand that the Upstate is already facing a crisis in affordable & sustainable housing. We need a candidate who views the City of Greenville as a friend and partner, not an adversary. And we need a candidate who thinks not just about how policies will affect us before the next election cycle, but one who thinks about how they will shape future generations.
For all these reasons, I decided to run for Greenville County Council - District 27. I have dedicated my life to service and will work hard to earn the vote and trust of each and every member of our community.
Will Morin with friends Abigail and Samantha, owners of Kuka Juice, the first women-owned juicing company in Upstate, South Carolina