Charlesetta Wilson has always been a doer. Growing up in poverty in Detroit, that wasn’t so easy.
She worked for years as a lounge server at MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. When she saw a need for fairer working conditions eight years ago, Wilson became a labor organizer with UNITE HERE Local 24, a hospitality workers union.
With 2018 midterm elections approaching, the mother of three didn’t see a candidate for the state House who promised to address the issues affecting her community. So she decided to make her own run, in a House district serving parts of southwest Detroit and the Downriver cities of Ecorse and River Rouge.
“There’s a little bit of a disconnect (between) actual communities that are struggling” and the Democratic Party, she said. Wilson ticked off the issues driving her activism: the environment, education, economic justice. “I’m a reluctant leader, but I have to make some sacrifices to make a better future for myself and my family.”