‘Maybe I’ll be voting for you one day’: Governor Gretchen Whitmer thanks Monte Scott for his work filling potholes in Muskegon Heights

After 12-year-old Monte Scott filled potholes that had long plagued his neighborhood in Muskegon Heights, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called the Oakview Elementary student on Friday to thank him for his work.

“As governor, I’m really proud of you,” Whitmer told Monte during the phone call. “You’ve inspired me today and given me confidence that we’re going to be alright.”

Last Wednesday, March 27, Monte had a half-day of school—and it was then that he decided to begin filling potholes on Maffett Street in Muskegon Heights. When the governor asked the student what prompted his work, Monte said, “because the city wasn’t doing anything about it.”

“I was just like, you’re taking too long, so I just went out and actually did it,” Monte told Whitmer.

In an interview with the Muskegon Times last week, Monte told us he’d like to run for office one day—and it looks like one of the people who’d like to cast a ballot for him could be the governor.

“I don’t know if you’re going to run for office one day, but I would love to meet you, and if you’re ever interested, you could come and work with us, or maybe I’ll be voting for you one day,” Whitmer said during the phone call. “I’d love to help you.”

Monte Scott, left, with his mother, Trinell Scott, by some of the potholes Monte filled on Maffett Street in Muskegon Heights earlier this week. Photo by Anna Gustafson

Monte is setting his sights on being mayor, and plenty of people are encouraging him to do so—and to aim even higher. We’ve received emails from several readers encouraging Monte to run for president of the United States, and “Monte for President!” is a comment we’ve seen time and again on articles about the student’s hard work.

“I want to go to college to be a mayor,” Monte told us in the interview last week. “If I were mayor here, I would go to the homeless shelter and help people. I’d get them clothes and shoes and all the stuff they need to help them back on their feet. I’d fix the roads. And help out around the community. I would have a big gathering for the community, where people could eat, play basketball and get together.”

Whitmer isn’t the only honoring Monte for his work; the Muskegon Heights City Council will be recognizing the student during their meeting on Monday, April 8 at 5:30pm at Muskegon Heights City Hall.

As Monte’s work gains national, and even international, attention, the 12-year-old is using his spotlight to further empower his community. He is now raising money to launch a business to improve Muskegon Heights roads. To find out more about the business, you can visit Monte’s Go Fund Me page.

Story by Anna Gustafson, the publisher and editor of Muskegon Times. You can connect with Anna by emailing MuskegonTimes@gmail.com or on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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