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Former Obama aide announces for Congress in Amash’s district

By: - June 19, 2019 9:24 am

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash | Gage Skidmore via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Nick Colvin, a former aide to President Barack Obama, announced Tuesday that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District currently represented by U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.).

Nick Colvin | Miller Canfield photo

Colvin, who worked in both Obama’s U.S. Senate office prior to his presidency and subsequently the White House Counsel’s office, is the second Democrat to announce his candidacy for the seat after health care professional Doug Booth.

Colvin, an Ionia native who now lives in Saranac, said in a statement that he’s “running for Congress to bring the values of hard work and service I learned growing up in Ionia to Washington,” and struck a bipartisan tone speaking with MLive.

“Everyone in this district, Republican or Democrat, has concerns with the rising cost of health care, or the rising cost of prescription drugs … drives on our crumbling roads and is dealing with the same potholes,” Colvin said. “The issues that are facing people transcend party.”

He is currently a public finance attorney for the firm Miller Canfield, and previously served the City of Chicago as general counsel, assistant city treasurer, and senior advisor to the city’s treasurer.

The Cook Partisan Voting Index, which measures each congressional district in the country’s partisan tilt, favors a Republican candidate in the 3rd district by 6 points. Democrats currently hold two seats that lean Republican according to the index, the 8th and 11th districts held by freshman Democratic U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Haley Stevens (D-Rochester), respectively.

Unpopular opinion? Justin Amash doesn’t care.

Amash, the Republican incumbent since 2011, drew two primary challengers of his own in the wake of his recent call for impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump. They are state Rep. James Lower (R-Greenville) and Tom Norton, a former Sand Lake village trustee.

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Derek Robertson
Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.