Hillary Clinton endorses Stevens in competitive U.S. House primary

Melissa Nann Burke
The Detroit News
Haley Stevens, who is running in the Democratic primary for the 11th District, campaigns at the Birmingham Farmers Market on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed Democratic U.S. House hopeful Haley Stevens on Sunday, her campaign said. 

Stevens of Rochester Hills is among six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in Michigan’s 11th District in Tuesday’s primary.

The winner will face the Republican nominee in the November general election to determine who succeeds retiring GOP Rep. Dave Trott of Birmingham.

Clinton, the former Secretary of State, noted in her endorsement that Stevens was the chief of staff for the auto bailout under the U.S. Treasury during President Barack Obama's administration. Obama has not endorsed anyone in the race. 

“I’ve seen Haley in action, and we can count on her to protect the gains we’ve made with Obamacare — vote for her this Tuesday,” Clinton said in a statement provided by Steven’s campaign. 

Stevens worked on Clinton’s first campaign for president on the policy side in 2007 and 2008.

“Secretary Clinton’s relentless fight for women and working families motivated an entire generation of public servants,” Stevens said in a statement.

“Her commitment to building an economy that works for everyone inspired me throughout my time working on President Obama’s Auto Rescue and in advanced manufacturing, and I am deeply honored to have her support in my bid for Congress.”

Other candidates running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary include state Rep. Tim Greimel, Suneel Gupta, Fayrouz Saad and Nancy Skinner.