Detroit Evening Report: Adam Hollier challenges Shri Thanedar for US House seat

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FILE - Former state Sen. Adam Hollier attends a press conference with other Detroit lawmakers and activists regarding the redistricting of Michigan Congressional maps, Oct. 12, 2021.

Former state Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), says he will challenge incumbent Congressman Shri Thanedar in the Democratic primary for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. 

Hollier, a Detroiter who also serves as a captain in the Army Reserve and as the director of the Michigan Veterans’ Affairs Agency, made the announcement in Detroit on Tuesday.

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“We need a Congressman who delivers, and we need it right now. Sadly, out-of-touch multimillionaires like Shri Thanedar seem more interested in posting memes than delivering for the district, and we’ve had enough,” said Hollier in a statement. “I’ve spent my entire life taking on the big fights and delivering for the people who need it most – and that’s exactly what I’ll do in Congress.”

Hollier has already secured several endorsements by Tuesday’s announcement, including by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and former Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, his campaign reported. Hollier finished second to Thanedar in a crowded race in last year’s Democratic primary. 

Thanedar is currently serving his first term in Congress, generating some controversy in recent days after quitting the Democratic Socialists of America and criticizing the group for a pro-Palestinian rally it held. Thanedar says he stands with Israel.

The Democratic Congressional primary election takes place next August.  The general election is in November 2024. 

Other headlines for Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023:

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  • The United Auto Workers strike against Detroit’s Big Three automakers is in it’s 33rd day, as negotiations continue.

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