Hillary Clinton backs Stevens for House seat in Michigan

Posted at 6:39 AM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 06:39:16-04

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is backing Democrat Haley Stevens for a congressional seat in suburban Detroit.

Stevens is among five Democrats and five Republicans vying for the open 11th District, where GOP Rep. Dave Trott is retiring. The primary is Tuesday.

In an announcement Sunday, Clinton cited Stevens’ work as chief of staff on a government task force that helped rescue the auto industry. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee says Stevens helped save 200,000 Michigan jobs and would protect gains made through “Obamacare.”

The other Democratic candidates are state Rep. Tim Greimel, former Department of Homeland Security official Fayrouz Saad, tech entrepreneur Suneel Gupta and radio host Nancy Skinner. Saad recently was endorsed by upstart New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The 11th District covers parts of Oakland and Wayne counties.