Kristy Pagan was born in Belleville and raised in Canton. She attended Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and graduated from Salem High School. Kristy attended Western Michigan University, where she studied to be a teacher and became involved with political activism on campus. During her time as a student teacher, Kristy found that teachers and students lacked appropriate support from elected officials. Kristy was determined to improve how we educate our kids and support our teachers.
After graduation, Kristy struggled to find a teaching job in Michigan. Like many young people, she made the difficult decision to leave Michigan to find work. Kristy moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in education policy. At night, Kristy studied to earn her Masters degree in political management from The George Washington University. She was also elected Chairwoman of WIN, a networking organization for Democratic, pro-choice women.
In 2011, Kristy started a small business in Canton dedicated to civic and community engagement. She currently works at Wayne State University Law School, where she supports tomorrow’s leaders. Kristy is very active in her hometown community where she serves on the Canton Community Foundation Board of Directors, and on the Advisory Council for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program at Canton High School.
Kristy is running for State Representative because she cares deeply about the community that raised her. Kristy is determined to make a difference in her hometown by being a strong voice for our progressive values.