Lawyer Michael Griffie announces candidacy for Congress in the 13th district | Politics & Elections | Detroit
Michael Griffie, a 38-year-old attorney who has racked up influential endorsements, is the latest Democrat to join the race for Congress in Michigan’s 13th District.
In a recently released video, Griffie portrayed himself as an outsider who will build coalitions and stand up for ordinary working people.
“This is a campaign for people who have their feet on the ground working,” Griffie says in the video. “This campaign is about those people. It’s not about do nothing, portable politicians looking for a new job or a better job. These are not political insiders seeking high status so they can have something beside their name.
Griffie, who directs external affairs for Detroit’s Teach of America chapter, is at least the fourth Democrat to announce his candidacy so far for the 13th District, which covers Detroit, Hamtramck, Grosse Pointes and northern downstream communities.
Also in the running are State Senator Adam Hollier, State Representative Shri Thanedar and Adrian Tonon, a businessman and the city of Detroit’s first 24-hour ambassador.
Griffie has built a coalition of supporters that includes State Representative Tyrone Carter, the Reverend Horace Sheffield, Franklin Wright Settlements CEO Monique Marks, retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurt Wilder, and the former CEO of the Detroit Historical Society, Robert Bury.
“We have now moved from special interests to someone who wants to represent special people,” Sheffield, a civil rights activist, said in a statement. “These special people are the ones who weren’t included in Detroit’s regeneration.”
After graduating from Wayne State University, Griffie became a high school English teacher in the Pontiac School District. He later served as founding principal of Cornerstone Health High School in Detroit and principal of Hamtramck Academy.
He eventually earned a law degree from Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University and worked in the private sector at Butzel Long, one of Michigan’s largest law firms.
For more on Griffie, see his campaign website.