July 12, 2018

Real People Know Matt:
Matthew Perry, Childhood Friend & Advisor

Matt Clayson and friends at the river

As children, together with our families, we toured the country in motorhomes. From the back of our parents’ modest RVs, we spent our summers exploring places and meeting people we never would have experienced otherwise. Discovering the beauty of our great nation and learning to respect those who aren’t quite like us; be it the way they talked, looked, lived or otherwise.

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June 23, 2018

Complete list of candidates for MSU Trustee

Complete list of candidates for MSU Trustee 2018

Confused about who all of the Democratic candidates are for MSU Trustee? It’s hard to find them listed all in one place… so we thought we’d do it for you. Here’s a complete list of all the candidates running in this year’s primary season for Michigan State University, starting out with our very own candidate, Matt Clayson: Matt Clayson for …

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June 21, 2018

Real People Know Matt:
Anika Goss, Advisor, Colleague and Friend

anika goss

I’ve known Matt for almost ten years now. He is a kind and generous, personal friend who enjoys to cook for friends after work on Monday evenings. I learned this after joining a neighborhood cooking club.  Matt would rush in, quietly put together a complicated meal and hardly join in the raucous discussion of City politics or neighborhood politics or parenting politics until his meal was either ready or cooking. At which point, he would join in the conversation without missing a beat. What I realized over time, is that Matt and I shared this process of cooking quietly as a way to decompress and transition from the workday.

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June 11, 2018

Real People Know Matt:
Todd Ridley, Friend and Colleague

Bryan and I met Matt and Kim through mutual friends nearly 15 years ago as they were starting their new life together in Detroit. Back then, when we were all younger, I was a vocal proponent of living in the city. Matt and Kim soon became neighbors and closer friends, and a bond was made that lasts to this day.

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June 4, 2018

Spartan Pride Runs Deep…

June is LGBT Pride Month.  It is a time to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement; a time to reflect on the inclusiveness of our society and institutions; a time to hold leaders accountable for a better, safer, more equitable world. Thanks to the work of many Spartan activists, Michigan State University and MSU’s home of …

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May 31, 2018

Real People Know Matt:
Kim Clayson, Spouse and Co-Parent

matt clayson and family

Matt and I have grown up together from the time we were young college undergrads to middle-aged adulthood. And through it all—advocating for equality and tuition affordability on MSU’s campus, surviving law school and the bar exam, renovating a historic home, advancing careers, raising a family—one thing we’ve learned is that married life means sharing responsibility for building careers, making a home, and raising children. We share in a partnership.

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May 25, 2018

Who Leads Michigan State?

Matt Clayson Democrat for MSU Trustee

For years, Michigan State University was led by board consisting of a coalition of labor, business and civic interests elected by popular vote.  And it was led pretty well by that coalition. I know firsthand, as I served as a student liaison to the board from 2001 and 2003, and worked with fellow board members to: See through the permanent …

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May 17, 2018

A $500 million settlement. The hard work has just begun.

A settlement has been reached.  One step forward, and many more steps to go. “We have seen the results delivered by a MSU board consisting of legacy politicians, retired coaches, former athletes and connected political insiders.  A disaster.” OUR PRIORITIES As committed, engaged citizens who care about the future of our state and our state’s institutions, we cannot lose sight …

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April 26, 2018

Explosive Report Exposes Depth of Problems at MSU

Matt Clayson Democrat for MSU Trustee at Campaign Launch Event

A 123% increase in the cost of tuition between 2001 and 2018 A 210% increase in the amount of long term debt between 2001 and 2015 A 672% increase in the amount of interest related payments on capital and related activities from 2002-2016 A faculty that is amongst the lowest paid in the Big 10 An administration that is amongst …

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April 12, 2018

Matt Clayson on Active Leadership

Matt Clayson’s perspective on active leadership were recently featured in Grand Rapids-based Rapid Growth Magazine.  Having been born and raised in Grand Rapids, Matt holds close the values of hard work, commitment and humility that Grand Rapids instilled in him.  Read more about Matt’s thoughts on active leaership here, or below: Game over: Enough excuses from Detroit to Grand Rapids …

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