MEET CHARLES

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Hello, friends. I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit my page and see what this is all about.
My name is Charles Metcalf Jr, but you may also know me as Chuck Morgue. I am a writer, a publisher, an artist. I am a politician, a strategist, a political interloper.

I currently serve as the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee representative for District 33(B), which covers a portion of west Calcasieu Parish, in southwest Louisiana.
I am a staunch supporter of creativity and innovation. A lifelong geek who grew up on cheesy horror movies, Stephen King novels and bright adventurous comic books. I love science and art, cooking and listening to Delta blues music on vinyl. A proud bohemian nerd who wears his dorky heart on his sleeve.
I am a divorced father of four who has spent his entire life either in very low middle class or poverty. I have seen the worst parts of society, as well as the best, from a front row seat of struggle and worry. I was born in Ferriday, Louisiana, in 1979 to working class conservative parents, who raised me in several towns in Louisiana and Mississippi as they worked to find their footing in the economically challenged South of the 1980s and early 90s.
I grew up overwhelmingly interested in the arts. Drawing, painting, writing, and playing music have long been more than mere hobbies to me. They are vital to my very well being. My personal moral compass was built by a combination of lessons learned from my parents, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and X-Men comic books, and these lessons inform my humanitarian beliefs to this day. After the turn of the century, in my early adulthood, I began taking my creativity more seriously. I played in various bands, and began writing fiction more. Under the pseudonym Chuck Morgue I have written and released novels (through my own independent publishing imprint Nautilhaus) inspired by the horror films and books I enjoyed so much as a kid.
I married young, like many tend to do, and jumped from job to job, hustling paycheck to paycheck, just to make ends meet. When I divorced in 2015, I became a single dad to four incredible kids, including a son on the autism spectrum. I struggled to make sense of the change in dynamics, and found it to be a very enlightening challenge. My children have since flourished in school, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. My kids are my entire world. Which is why I decided to run for political office.
I have long been outspoken about my personal opinions and worldview. But most of this was online, where detractors would merely write me off as just another “keyboard warrior” who isn’t going to make a difference arguing online. Looking at the world and future my kids are facing, I know that these people were right. If I want to make a difference, if I want to help make the world better not just for my kids, but for everyone else out there, then I would have to take my fight to the actual battlefield of ideas.
During the 2016 Presidential election, I began seriously thinking about what I would want to help accomplish for our society, whether nationally or at least for the citizens of my little pocket of the country. After seeing the Republican party consolidate so much power with their wins in November 2016, I knew that I wanted to be on the front lines of the political battle to bring progressive goals to the people. I decided that I would run for Congress. As a US Representative for the 3rd Congressional District in Louisiana, I could help in pushing for better economic opportunities for the local citizenry, as well as better education and trying to do something about our abysmally weak infrastructure and coastal concerns. While that particular plan fizzled out quickly, I learned more about the political infrastructure locally and at the state level. I acquired a seat on the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee, taking part in votes that affect the platform of the Democratic Party in Louisiana. In August of 2018, I introduced my first resolution to the state party, which called for official condemnation of the mistreatment of migrants at our southern border and the separation of their families. The resolution passed unanimously.
Politically, we are in changing times. There are more young voters becoming not only interested in politics, but actively participating, than ever before. And this new voter base is more informed than previous generations. The internet has opened the doors to awareness, research and activism in ways no one could have foreseen. Especially with more progressive voters. They have gotten more involved with local, regional and national campaigns with a fresh vigor that politics has desperately needed for years.
In an unprecedented change in expectations, if a progressive voter can not find a candidate locally to support, they will gladly support a candidate somewhere else, as long as they represent forward-thinking values. I have personally donated to campaigns in several states, supporting candidates for various levels of government. From well-known established leaders like Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard to passionate newcomers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez getting nationwide support from progressive voters has become the norm. These voters understand that local elections around the country can have an effect on the nation as a whole.
What I want to do is help bring a fresh perspective to the establishment, and to my district. A different voice to the halls and debate rooms of my state legislature all the way to Washington, DC. I want to see leaders who truly represent the poor and working class. Those of us who face challenges to their livelihood on a daily basis. People who lack real opportunity to pursue their personal American dreams. People who often find it difficult to keep food in their bellies, or electricity and water running in their homes. I have faced these challenges and more in my life, and barely survived them. I have not prospered. I have not flourished. My feet are still firmly planted on the ground where they have always been. But my hopes and dreams are bigger. Just like I assume most peoples’ are. Wherever my journey takes me, I want to fight for the hopes and dreams of everyone. Because we are all in this together. And we can do better. We MUST do better.

— Charles Metcalf Jr, August 29, 2018

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