The democratic party of Bowling Green promoted the campaign in several virtual town hall events on social media for democratic candidates for mayor and city commission, as well as state representatives and senators from Bowling Green.
Morris’s first true foray into local politics was volunteering for Jeanie Smith, a local democrat and middle school teacher who ran for state senate in 2018. That year he also began serving on the executive board of the local democratic party.
“I really got involved in her campaign, we did what seemed like miles and miles of canvassing. It was really then when I was on the inside of a campaign and saw what happened. It was a good learning experience.”
Smith’s campaign ended in a loss, gravely disappointing her many supporters and volunteers, including Morris. This disappointment gave him inspiration to further his work in local politics, and he began to conceive of a run for public office himself.
Morris spent most of his career as an engineer, leading teams in various problem solving tasks and handling crisis situations, giving him the skills to take on the role of mayor. “I see a lot of public service as problem solving. I have skills in bringing people together, in being a coordinator and problem solver,” Morris said.
Morris’s family threw their support to his campaign, with his wife Stephanie Morris phone banking and writing postcards among other work, and his son Zac Morris helping to spread the word through social media videos, yard signs, and other tasks.
On November 10, 2020 media outlets officially called the race for Bowling Green’s mayor. Todd Allcott had won by a wide margin, earning 14,494 votes to Morris’ 2,588.
Despite how the Mayor’s race ended, Morris says it won't be the last time he runs a campaign for public office.
“I’ll at least be sure to get on the ballot next time.”