SOUTHFIELD--After being encouraged by area residents for several months, Southfield Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence today formally announced her bid for the 14th Congressional District House seat.
Lawrence, who is serving her fourth term as mayor of Southfield, has lived in the district her entire life. She discussed her accomplishments as a school board member and as a mayor who gets things done. Lawrence also cited her role in creating jobs, balancing a budget, fighting crime and improving education.
“I’m a fighter with a proven track record,” she declared. “I’m ready to serve.”
The 14th District is an open seat due to Congressman Gary Peters run for the United States Senate. The seat was created two years ago during redistricting. It includes Pontiac, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, Lathrup Village, Southfield, Oak Park, Royal Oak Township, Harper Woods, the Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck and portions of Detroit.
If elected, Lawrence pledged to:
- Push for additional equal pay for equal work legislation (Women only earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man)
- Defend a woman’s right to choose
- Enact sensible gun laws
- Work to increase job training and education funding
- Fight any cuts in Medicare and social security
Earlier this month, Lawrence reported that she has raised more than $100,000 in less than one month. She also released a poll by nationally-renowned firm Lake Research Partners that showed her garnering 37 percent of the vote followed by Rudy Hobbs at 6 percent, Bert Johnson with 5 percent and Jessica McCall with just under one percent.
When poll respondents were given a short description of Lawrence’s successes with creating jobs, balancing budgets and improving the lives of her constituents, her vote total jumped to 42 percent. Her job approval among Southfield residents is an impressive 78 percent.
Today, Lawrence was joined by many supporters including:
- Rashid Ali, Wayne State Business Administration Student
- Tyrone Chatman, Michigan Veteran’s Foundation President
- Mayor Deirdre Waterman, Pontiac
- David Hall, Southfield Businessman
“Congress is broken,” Lawrence concluded. “They spend more time fighting each other than fighting for us. It’s time for someone to set an example and demand the people’s business comes first.”