Trott challenger Stevens raises $320K in 10 weeks
Democrat Haley Stevens raised more than $320,000 during her first fund-raising quarter and has over $275,000 on hand, according to numbers provided by her campaign.
Stevens of Rochester Hills launched her congressional campaign 10 weeks ago on April 27, hoping to unseat Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Trott of Birmingham. The figures cover the period from April 1 through June 30.
Trott, who is serving his second term, raised just over $179,900 in the first quarter of the year and had $174,586 on hand as of March 31. His second quarter report has not yet been filed with the Federal Election Commission and doesn’t become officially available until July 15.
Trott campaign was unavailable Friday for comment.
Stevens was chief of staff to then-President Barack Obama’s Auto Task Force that oversaw the financial bailouts and bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors in 2009. She recently left a job at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago to move back to Michigan.
“In the first few months of the campaign, it has been an honor to connect and listen to friends and neighbors throughout the district,” Stevens said in a statement.
“The tremendous support from Livonia to Milford and all across southeastern Michigan is a sign that Michiganders are ready for new leadership in Washington.”
Trott handily beat Democrat Anil Kumar of Bloomfield Township last fall by nearly 13 percentage points, but Democrats believe Trott is vulnerable. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added him to its list of Republicans they hope to knock out in the 2018 midterm elections.
The 11th District includes parts of Oakland and western Wayne counties, including the population centers of Livonia, Canton Township, Troy, Waterford Township, Rochester and West Bloomfield Township.
Third try for Clements
In southwest Michigan, Democrat Paul Clements said Thursday he filed for a third run for Congress, again targeting longtime Republican Rep. Fred Upton of St. Joseph.
“The people in west Michigan have been let down by their government again and again. It’s time for a congressman who represents them, not big moneyed special interests,” Clements said in a statement.
Clements, who teaches economic development at Western Michigan University, raised a record amount of money for a Democrat in the 6th District, but lost to Upton by 22 percentage points last fall.
At least two other Democrats have announced they're running, including David Benac of Kalamazoo, who is a history professor at Western Michigan University; and Eponine Garrod of Portage, a chemist at Pfizer. Dr. Matt Longjohn, a physician and public health expert, is also considering the race.
Upton is considering a run for U.S. Senate, where Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Lansing is seeking a fourth term.