Detroit Today: Actor Hill Harper explains why he wants his next role to be a real US Senator

Harper joined “Detroit Today” to discuss why he’s running for Senate to succeed Debbie Stabenow.

Hill Harper

Actor and entrepreneur Hill Harper announced earlier this week that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat that Debbie Stabenow will vacate once she retires next year.

The Good Doctor and CSI star officially launched his campaign Tuesday at an event in Detroit’s Cadillac Square.

Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin announced her bid to succeed Stabenow earlier this year. Slotkin’s name recognition and impressive fundraising efforts have many considering her the overall favorite to win the seat.

Harper, 57, has never run for public office, but is now running as the self-described “most progressive” candidate in the race. His campaign is focused on raising the minimum wage, making healthcare access universal, and alleviating income inequality across the nation.

Harper joined Detroit Today to discuss why he decided to run for Senate.

Listen: Hill Harper explains why he’s running for U.S. Senate


Hill Harper is an actor, author and candidate for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat that will be vacant once Debbie Stabenow retires. Harper says he would be the only active union member (SAG-AFTRA) in the Senate if he were to be elected.

“This type of legislative body, unfortunately, has evolved into a very un-diverse body,” says Harper.

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