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Washington — Former Democratic state Rep. Ellen Lipton said she’s she's running for Congress for the seat held by retiring Democratic Rep. Sander Levin.

Levin, 86, announced in early December he won’t run for re-election this year after serving nearly 36 years in the U.S. House.

Lipton of Huntington Woods served three terms representing the 27th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in southeast Oakland County from 2009-14.

She ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in 2014 to represent the 11th District, losing the primary election to state Sen. Vincent Gregory.

Lipton, 50, joins a growing Democratic field in the 9th Congressional District that includes Levin’s son, Andy Levin of Bloomfield Township; state Sen. Steve Bieda of Warren; and Martin Brook, a labor and employment law attorney from Bloomfield Township.

Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner and businessman Kevin Howley, both of Huntington Woods, might jump into the 2018 primary.

Republicans are also making a run at Levin’s seat with businesswoman Candius Stearns of Sterling Heights campaigning in the GOP primary election.

The 9th District includes southern Macomb and southeast Oakland counties.

In announcing her candidacy, Lipton said she’s “appalled” by President Donald Trump’s “corporate agenda.”

“I’ve taken on Betsy DeVos to fight for public education, and I’ll do it again,” Lipton said in a statement, referring to Trump’s education secretary who has pushed for charter schools in Michigan.

“With my background in education, science and the law, I’ll take on Donald Trump and the special interests who put the well-being of corporations before families trying to make ends meet.”

Lipton says she was named Democratic Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Information Research Service (MIRS) in 2013 and was the Sander M. Levin Elected Official of the Year by the Oakland County Democratic Party.

Before entering politics, Lipton worked as a patent attorney specializing in medicine and technology. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992. She and husband Marc raised two children in Oakland County.

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