Jennifer Granholm Endorses Democrat in House Race | #MI14

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted September 16, 2013 at 2:46pm

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm urged her fellow Democrats to support state Rep. Rudy Hobbs’ bid for an open House seat in Detroit.

“Rudy is exactly the right person to represent this diverse district,” she wrote in a Monday email to Hobbs’ supporters. “Nowhere will you find a candidate with the breadth of experience, passion, dedication and deep roots that Rudy has.”

Hobbs is seeking the seat currently held by Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who is running for Senate in 2014. Hobbs boasts support from many Michigan Democratic officials, but the field has not cleared for him.

Veteran Steve Dunwoody and Lathrup Village Councilwoman Kelly Garrett are also running for the seat, and the primary gained a new contender on Monday. Former Granholm staffer Jessica McCall announced her candidacy in a press release. (Roll Call took a detailed look at the bench across Michigan last week.)

Whoever wins the Democratic primary will likely become Peters’ successor. This race is currently rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Peters is running for Senate.

Hobbs, a former staffer to Democratic Rep. Sander M. Levin, recently sat down for an interview with CQ Roll Call.