Candidate Profile: Haley Stevens, US Congress, Oakland County

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI — Democratic U.S. Representative Haley Stevens is running for Michigan’s 11th U.S. Congressional District, which includes most of Oakland County. She will face Republican Mark Ambrose in the November 8 general election.

Stevens defeated U.S. Representative Andy Levin in a Hotly contested August primarywhich featured a unique battle between the two wildly popular Democratic representatives from Oakland County.

Here is how she completed her candidate profile:

City or town of residence

birmingham

Wanted office

US Congress

District, if applicable

11th congressional district

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Education

American University; (BA), Social Policy and Philosophy (MA); Political Science and Philosophy (BA)

Occupation

Congressman from Michigan’s 11th District

Family

The candidate refuses to share.

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

N / A

Age

39

Previous civil service, nominative or elective

Yes. I represented Michigan’s 11th district in the United States Congress for two terms.

Why are you looking for this office?

I’m running for re-election in Michigan’s newly drawn 11th District because Oakland County deserves a champion in Congress who leads by solving problems and getting things done. I am engaged with school boards, small businesses, our special education community, food banks, and the more than two dozen communities that make up Michigan’s 11th District. I’m proud to have returned more than $100 million to Michigan families and businesses through my record-breaking welfare program, and $18 million through community-led fundraising projects. My goal is to continue to champion our innovation economy and our incredible strengths in workforce training, and to ensure that government paid by the people works for the people.

What are the main differences between you and the other candidates for this position?

A candidate in this race is using his website to show his support for Donald Trump and echo election plots, when I think we need accountability for the failures of January 6 and a plan to defend the right voting in this country. My opponent does not believe in the common sense of gun safety laws or the right of women to choose. He has no plan for the economy, but rather talking points that have failed us before. I fear that a Republican majority will cause America to breach our debt limit, which would have cataclysmic effects on our position in the world and our economic growth. I believe that political games over the needs of hard workers will continue to hold back our nation and sow distrust in the systems of government. I seek to lead with transparency and open communication. Every time I vote, I do so with the needs of the people I represent first, not the next election. The question I always try to answer is: how can I help? How can I offer you and your family the best result?

If you are challenging an incumbent, how has the current incumbent let the community down?

N / A

Do you think the federal government can or should do more to curb inflation, which has driven up the prices of food, gasoline and other goods?

I deeply feel the impact of rising commodity prices on those I represent and seek to be transparent with everyone. When times are tough, we need principled leaders who are ready to deliver real solutions. I took steps to fight inflation by passing the Curbing Inflation Act, which cuts the cost of prescription drugs, health care and energy, and invests in the production of household energy. We will also see cost reduction through the CHIPS and Science Act – legislation in which I played a key role in signing legislation to fix our supply chains and relocate manufacturing of semi- drivers in the United States. But we still have work to do. We need to enforce the Food and Fuel Cost Reduction Act – legislation that cuts farmers’ costs on the ground and lowers meat and poultry costs by increasing competition in the food sector. meat packaging. Companies that profit from rising costs for American workers must be held accountable. We need checks and balances on stock buybacks and need to expose oil companies posting record profits as gas prices soar. The United States needs clean energy independence that includes a short and long term plan. We need to extend the free and reduced lunch waivers that are currently blocked in the Senate. I work with food banks and our school systems to address food insecurity, and I’m not beating around the bush saying food cost is an issue. I’m in the political party that will come up with solutions and refuse to put anything but the Michiganders first.

Do you support changing the state constitution to ensure that women have the right to have an abortion?

Yes.

Do you support the Raise the Wage ballot initiative, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2027 and provide cost-of-living increases in subsequent years?

Yes.

Do you support an election initiative to demand another audit of the 2020 presidential election, transfer authority over the audit from the Secretary of State to a newly created audit committee, and change the way elections are considered in the future?

No. I accept the results of free and fair elections even when they do not turn out as I did or hoped.

What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign?

The horrific shooting at Oxford High School reinforced my dedication to passing common sense gun safety legislation. As I speak with hard-working parents who are afraid to send their children to school, I look forward to returning to Congress and working to end gun violence. Plus, I believe we can grow our economy by making sure everyone has a seat at the table. That’s why I started the Women in STEM Caucus focused on expanding minority inclusion in STEM fields and creating access to good jobs for people who create generational wealth. Finally, I think we need a government that works in the century in which we live. We need a constitution that recognizes women’s rights, and we need to codify Roe into law.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job?

I was the first woman from Michigan’s 11th District ever sent to Congress and have had the honor of representing my House for two terms now. Since my election in 2018, I have been a leading voice for unions, women, innovation, manufacturing and gun reform. My passion for manufacturing and innovation is rooted in my experience as an Obama appointee, as Chief of Staff of the US Auto Rescue Task Force, which saved over 200,000 jobs in the Michigan. Currently, I serve on the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, where I also serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Assume best intentions until proven otherwise.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you and your duties?

Michigan’s 11th District sends me to Congress to stand up for who we are and it’s one of my favorite parts of the job. I am more optimistic about our future than I am otherwise. We live squarely in a new era and need to find ways to lead effectively and turn challenges into opportunities. Before coming to Congress, I worked in an R&D lab that brought together competing companies, universities, and nonprofit groups. This has been the fate of the past ten years, forging new alliances we can continue to make to fight climate change, education inequalities, rising costs and the threats of foreign competition. Michigan will play a pivotal role in all of these debates and I look forward to positioning ourselves to continue to lead the way.