Voorhees, New Jersey , United States
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Feb 04, 2005 09:35am
|Info||Michael Latigona a 38 year-old Registered Nurse currently lives in Voorhees, NJ. He grew up in Cherry Hill Township. |
Before Michael became a nurse, he worked in several industries including restaurants, and retail management.
He graduated as a registered nurse in 1994 with an Associates in Science degree, and received the Betty Malloy award for Clinical excellence by the Cooper Health System for his work in Nursing School.
As there were no nursing positions available at that time, Michael, and a few of his colleagues, went to work for the State of New Jersey at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital. While there, he took on another part time job at Hampton Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in Southern New Jersey.
After a year and a half, Michael was able to obtain a position as a critical care nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden where he worked the graveyard shift while completing his critical care training. He was then able to gain a day shift position as a critical care nurse with Kennedy Health System.
While there, he attended Widener University in Chester, PA in order to receive a Bachelors Degree in Science and Nursing.
Michael then decided to work as a per diem nurse doing critical care at the Cooper Health System, and for a private staffing company called Favorite Nurses in order to make more money. He did this for several years.
Michael ultimately found the job that he loves the most, critical care transport with a start-up company called Exceptional Medical Transportation in West Berlin, NJ. He has been there for over three years.
During the 9-11 aftermath, Michael involved himself in a project called the 9-11 Message of Hope Project, as a result of a song he wrote called “America Unpublished.” This was a campaign to bring people together to help other people psychologically heal from such a tragedy. The song epitomized America’s greatest strengths and hopes.
In 2003, Michael stumbled across what would be his ultimate calling, politics.
Over the years, New Jerseyans have consistently been on the wrong side of legislation. New Jerseyans have seen their property taxes increase dramatically, auto insurance rates skyrocket, and scandal after scandal involving corruption, pay-for-play, and party politics in the state.
What finally drove Michael to become involved was the replacement of Senator Torricelli in the U.S. Senate race last year. Not because he didn’t like Senator Lautenberg, but because New Jersey’s Superior Court violated New Jersey law by allowing the replacement of the Democratic candidate, after law allows, stating that the Democrats must be represented. Michael contents that he was not mad at the replacement candidate, rather the way the replacement occurred.
As a result of Michael's frustration with the political system, he wrote a letter to the editor of the Courier Post newspaper where he presented his ideals of becoming one New Jersey. He spoke about all New Jerseyans coming together for real reform regardless of party affiliation. He advocated true reform for all New Jerseyans. At the end of the letter, he included what would be the line that changed his life.
He stated that he would like to run as a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate, and included his e-mail address.
As a result, Michael received hundreds of e-mails stating that people would be voting for him. They stated that not only did they like the fact that he was an “average Joe,” but more importantly believed in his ideology. It was not what he expected. This resulted in a period of reflection for Michael, and consideration to run for a local public office.
Over the next year, Michael was urged by close friends and family to run for public office. He evaluated running for State Assembly, State Senate, and for the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
However, after careful consideration, Michael realized that although becoming a State Assemblyman or Senator would certainly be a step in the right direction, he did not want to have to play politics with the politicians and political parties. He doesn't want to spend 20 years in New jersey politics trying to get real reforms for New Jerseyans when there was a way to get our reforms immediately...by becoming Governor of New Jersey.
By becoming Governor, Michael realized that he would have the mandate of the people to get the job done once and for all. He would have the bully pulpit to rally all New Jerseyans together, and the power of the Executive branch to spearhead legislation. He would use his Executive powers to seek New Jersey Superior court, and U.S. Supreme court decisions in order to obtain those reforms New Jerseyan's deserve should the legislature fail to act, a core concept of his 120-day initiative.
So, Michael gathered a few friends, and began his quest to research how to run for Governor of the State of New Jersey. While doing this, he spoke to literally hundreds of people regarding running for Governor. He spoke to friends, family, and most importantly, strangers, to see if he truly was what New Jerseyans wanted as a Governor of New Jersey.
As a result of the overwhelming support for Michael, along with the support of his friends and family, he decided to run for Governor of New Jersey in 2005.
Michael successfully registered his candidate committee on January 9, 2004, and became an official gubernatorial candidate, and is currently registered as the Campaign Manager for the Committee to Elect Latigona for Governor with the State of New Jersey.
Michael recognizes the uphill battle he will face, and the money restrictions he will have to overcome. However, no matter where he goes, he hears the same thing. “You’re exactly what this state needs.” “I am definitely voting for you.” Support is growing very rapidly from all New Jerseyans regardless of party or political affiliation. Michael believes he will be the first Registered Nurse to hold the Governor’s seat in the nation.