Born in Peoria and raised in Elmwood, Spence Morris III has deep roots in Central Illinois. Spence and his brother were raised by their mom, who supported the family through her work as a nurse after their father died. She led by example and showed her kids the value of hard work, as well as the importance of a good support system.
Spence's dad was beloved in the community and friends and neighbors rallied behind their family after he passed away. This helped his mom land on her feet and provided support for him and his brother as they grew up. Spence was fortunate to have a support system like that, but he knows that not everyone in precarious situations has a personal network to rely upon. He believes strongly that all of his neighbors should be able to live happy, comfortable lives and receive the support they need to weather difficult circumstances.
That's why he is running for Congress – Spence will work tirelessly to give people from all walks of life the opportunity to pursue their goals through access to affordable education and quality healthcare.
Spence will pursue policies that address the issues our community faces, such as the need for significant investments to bring high paying, stable jobs to revitalize struggling economies across the district.
He believes that quality education is for everyone, and that every individual deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams without the fear of debt from student loans holding them back. Spence supports the extension of the student loan repayment freeze, and when elected will support student debt forgiveness legislation.
Spence will also focus on healthcare, especially the skyrocketing costs of prescription medication. No one should be forced to choose between filling their prescriptions and being able to keep the lights on or pay rent. Spence is committed to making healthcare affordable so people get the care they need to live long, full, happy lives.
Spence is the Director of Operations for the Illinois Central Royals, an arena league football team. He found success in his career and is proud of the hard work it took to get here, and owes much of his success to the people and organizations that supported him through his childhood, high school, and college. He has been fortunate to find a career helping players and coaches showcase and hone their skills, while also providing employment opportunities to local residents.
He lives with his fiance, Emma Heath, in Peoria.