This morning, Gretchen Driskell, State House Representative from the 52nd District and former mayor of Saline announced that she will run for the 7th District Congressional seat to oust tea partier Tim Walberg. During her time in office Driskell has been a fierce advocate for working families, education, the environment, and small businesses. She was the first female mayor in Saline and is now in her second term as a State Representative.
This early announcement will give Driskell, a tireless campaigner, time to introduce herself to the seven counties that comprise the 7th Congressional District – Monroe, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Branch, Jackson and Eaton Counties, as well as western Washtenaw County where she is based. This is crucial because Tim Walberg enjoys both the benefits of incumbency as well as the fact that, according to The Hill, the 7th District is one of the top districts where the incumbent was helped by gerrymandering in 2010.
She will be giving press conferences today at several locations and will be joined by former 7th District Congressman and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer at two of the events:
10:00 a.m.: Announcement at Mangiamo Italian Grill in Saline
107 West Michigan Avenue, Saline, MI 48176
Noon: Press Conference at Frenchtown Township Senior Center
2786 Vivian Road, Monroe, MI 48162
3:00 p.m.: Press Conference at Delta Township Community Center (with Mark Schauer)
7550 West Willow Highway, Delta Township, MI 48917
5:00 p.m.: Press Conference at Jackson Coffee Company (with Mark Schauer)
201 S. Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201
6:00 p.m.: Saline Reception at Mangiamo Italian Grill
107 W. Michigan Avenue, Saline, MI 48176
Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.