Democrat Haley Stevens is running for Congress in the Michigan 11th District against Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Trott.
Stevens previously had a role in the Obama administration as chief of staff for the President’s Auto Task Force, which was responsible for managing the bailout of Chrysler and General Motors in 2009.
More recently, she left a position at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago and has returned to her home state of Michigan.
In an interview in the Detroit Daily News, Stevens had this to say.
For me this is about Michigan, and it’s about the people who live in Michigan and our growing high-tech economy, our advanced manufacturing economy and our world-class workforce … I’m an individual who’s worked my whole life at the intersection of government and business. I think I know what it takes to get the job done.
Stevens is the first Democrat to announce for the seat, with the election in 2018. Trott won his second term in November, easily beating Democrat Anil Kumar by more than 12 percentage points.
Trump won the district 50 to 45 percent in 2016; Romney also took it by 5 points in 2012, and Obama won it by 9 points in 2008.
This looks like one of those seats Democrats might need to steal if they’re going to flip the House.