Bay City man makes history, becomes city's first African American commissioner

A Bay City man makes history by becoming the city's first African American commissioner. (Photo credit: NBC25/ FOX66 News)

A Bay City man is making history in his hometown.

Cordal Morris ran uncontested for the city's ninth ward.

He will be the first African American commissioner to serve his city.

Morris is a 2007 Bay City Central graduate and a business development manager at Graff Chevrolet.

He said it's an honor to be making history, but for him, the position is about making Bay City better.

"They said, 'Oh, you're going to be the first black Bay City Commissioner," Morris said. "I was like, 'OK, that's historical... it is, it is... I'm making history."

This is something the current president of the NAACP Bay City chapter knows all about.

"My father had run for office, for commissioner's office, years and years ago," Darold Newton said. "Unfortunately, he didn't run unopposed so he didn't make it."

He said he is proud of Cordal for stepping up and serving.

"I commend Mr. Morris on his achievements because this says something about being represented in Bay City," Newton said.

But he said what makes him even more proud is knowing that Cordal wasn't looking to make history... he just wanted to serve.

"I don't want people to think this is the basis, the reason I'm doing this is because I want to be the first black commissioner," Morris said. "You know what I mean? I'm still here representing the 9th ward. I'm here for my people, representing them."

Morris said he hopes to help with the heroin epidemic Bay City faces and he wants to find another solution other than the privatization of Liberty and Independence Bridges.

"Bay City has the potential and I just want to help," he said. "That's all I want to do."

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