Debbie Dingell And Her Decision To Run For Congress

May 28, 2014

Congressional candidate Debbie Dingell speaks with Craig on the Craig Fahle Show (WDET) live at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.

Listen to the show here, courtesy of WDET.

Dingell is currently Chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors and is the wife of Congressman John Dingell.

Craig talks to her about her decision to run for her husband’s seat in Congress as well as her stance on many issues facing education.

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SEIU Endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

May 20, 2014

The SEIU Michigan State Council representing 35,000 working men and women in Michigan has endorsed Debbie Dingell in her bid to represent Michigan’s 12th District in the next Congress.

“We believe that addressing the income inequality gap and the lack of economic opportunity for so many people is the most pressing public policy concern in America today,” said Marge Robinson, R.N., SEIU State Council President and President of SEIU Healthcare Michigan. “We have faith that Debbie Dingell has the courage, understanding, and ability to address these and other important issues on behalf of working people in Michigan.”

Debbie Dingell thanked the SEIU for their support.

“Fighting for the values that are important to working men and women has always been my priority and if elected to Congress, that will continue to be my priority,” Dingell said.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a national organization of 2.1 million members and the fastest growing labor organization in North America. In Michigan, the SEIU Michigan State Council consists of four local unions that together, represent members in every area of the state. They include:
• SEIU Healthcare Michigan (health care employees)
• SEIU Local 526M/Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO) (state corrections officers)
• SEIU Local 517M (public sector workers including state, local, and school employees)
• SEIU Local 1 (property services employees)

The SEIU joins a growing list of organizations and individuals endorsing Dingell’s campaign. They include:
• The United Auto Workers
• The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
• Unite Here Local 24
• Michigan Teamsters
• Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights
• 12th Congressional District Democratic Party
• Michigan United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Locals 876 and 951
• Michigan Joint Council of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
• Brownstown Township, Dearborn, and Southwestern Wayne County Democratic clubs
• 12th District elected mayors and township supervisors
• 12th District state legislators
• Emily’s List

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Debbie Dingell Visits EMU, WEMU Studios

April 17, 2014

Debbie Dingell is running to fill her husband, Congressman John D. Dingell’s 12th district seat. She stopped by the WEMU studios Thursday and spoke with WEMU’s Bob Eccles.

Listen to her interview with Bob Eccles here.

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Michigan Building and Construction Trades, Unite Here Local 24 Endorse Debbie Dingell

April 10, 2014

Two more organizations representing working men and women, The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and Unite Here Local 24, have endorsed Debbie Dingell in her bid to represent Michigan’s 12th District in Congress.

“Working men and women need a partner in Washington who understands their needs, appreciates their work and wants to fight for their future,” said Council Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Devlin. “We believe Debbie Dingell is the best person to stand up for us in Washington and that is why we are endorsing her campaign.”

Joseph Daugherty, President of Unite Here Local 24, said his members also want a partner who will work on their behalf.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Building and Construction Trades Council and Unite Here Local 24,” said Dingell. “If elected to Congress their issues will be my issues, just as they always have been.”

The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council supports the interests of nearly 100,000 construction workers in the State of Michigan. Unite Here Local 24 includes over 7,000 hospitality workers in the Metro Detroit area. They join the following organizations and individuals in supporting Debbie Dingell’s campaign:
• The Michigan Teamsters.
• The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights.
• The 12th Congressional District Democratic Party.
• The Michigan United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Locals 876 and 951.
• The Michigan Joint Council of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
• The Brownstown Township, Dearborn and Southwestern Wayne County Democratic clubs.
• 12th District elected mayors and township supervisors.
• 12th District state legislators
• Emily’s List

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Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights Endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

April 9, 2014

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights has endorsed Debbie Dingell in her bid for the Democratic nomination and ultimately election to serve in the next Congress.

“We represent working men and woman across Michigan who want their member of Congress to work for them, not for the special interests,” said Mike Jackson, MRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer. “Anyone who knows Debbie knows that she will fight for ordinary families, our jobs and our quality of life. She’s been a friend to people who work hard and play by the rules, and that’s why we’re pleased to endorse her for Congress.”

The MRCC represents 14,000 carpenters and millwrights across the state of Michigan. Its member carpenters help build diverse projects, large and small, residential and commercial. Union millwrights work with precision machinery, installing and maintaining everything from conveyor systems to turbines and generators.

“I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of Michigan’s carpenters and millwrights because they truly are champions for working men and women,” Dingell said. “They know what matters most to people: Having a job, good wages and training, quality health care and access to a quality education for themselves, their children and their grandchildren. I look forward to working with them and on their behalf.”

The MRCC endorsement comes as MIRS political newsletter named MRCC the best organization for a candidate to receive an endorsement, based on an analysis of endorsements in the last general election in 2012. In addition to financial support, the MRCC endorsement also comes with one of the most aggressive volunteer field programs on behalf of endorsed candidates.

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Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43 Endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

April 8, 2014

The Michigan Teamsters Joint Council (MTJC) 43, which represents some 40,000 rank and file teamsters, has endorsed Debbie Dingell for Congress. Dingell is seeking the Democratic nomination for election to represent Michigan’s 12th Congressional District.

“The Teamsters have a history of fighting for workers and working families and that’s a commitment we know Debbie shares with us,” said Greg Nowak, MTJC President, “By sending Debbie to Congress, we’ll have an advocate to fight for the things that matter most to our members and all Michiganders: access to a quality education, jobs and health care.”

The Teamsters are America’s largest, most diverse union. In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sector and public sector.

“The Teamsters have always been about issues above all else and that is why this endorsement means so much to me,” said Dingell. “I look forward to continuing to fight for the issues that matter most to the 40,000 rank and file teamsters like creating jobs, ensuring access to healthcare, and making sure everyone has access to a quality education.”

The MTJC joins a growing list of endorsements for Dingell who announced her candidacy on February 28th. Among those who have endorsed Debbie Dingell are:
• The 12th Congressional District Democratic Party.
• The Michigan United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW)
• Locals 876 and 951.
• The Michigan Joint Council of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
• The Brownstown Township, Dearborn and Southwestern Wayne County Democratic clubs.
• 12th District elected mayors and township supervisors.
• 12th District state legislators
• Emily’s List

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12th Congressional District Democratic Party Endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

April 3, 2014

Candidate to keynote UM-Dearborn’s Women in Learning and Leadership anniversary dinner tonight

Michigan’s 12th Congressional District Democratic Party has endorsed Debbie Dingell for election to the next Congress. Dingell is tonight’s keynote speaker at a dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Women in Learning and Leadership program at the UM-Dearborn.

“Debbie has the passion and experience needed to represent the working men and women with whom she has stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight for Michigan jobs,” said Mark Gaffney, President of the 12th Congressional District Democratic Party. “Her commitment to the issues that are important to Michigan families, like making education affordable and accessible, is just one of the many reasons we believe she is the best person to represent us in the halls of Congress.”

“I’m so proud and grateful to receive this endorsement,” said Dingell. “I look forward to continuing to fight for the issues that matter most to the 12th Congressional District Democrats and me: job creation, access to healthcare, and quality education that is affordable and accessible.”

Tonight Dingell will deliver the keynote address at a dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Women in Learning and Leadership program at UM-Dearborn. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn.

The 12th Congressional District Democratic Party joins a growing list of endorsements for Dingell who announced her candidacy on February 28th. Among those who have endorsed Debbie Dingell are:
• The Michigan United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW)Locals 876 and 951.
• The Michigan Joint Council of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
• The Brownstown Democratic Club
• 12th District elected mayors and township supervisors.
• 12th District state legislators
• Emily’s List

Based in Dearborn, the 12th Congressional District Democratic Party is committed to building a robust Democratic party and helping to elect Democratic leaders in Wayne, Washtenaw and neighboring counties.

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Debbie Dingell Endorsed by EMILY’s List

March 14, 2014

Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Debbie Dingell for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District.

“Debbie Dingell is a strong Democratic leader with over 30 years of experience as a business executive, and she is deeply committed to helping Michigan women and families have a fair shot,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is proud to endorse this champion for Michigan to represent the 12th Congressional District.”

Debbie Dingell is the president of D2 strategies and the chairwoman of the Manufacturing Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council. For over 30 years, she was a senior executive at General Motors, heading the GM Foundation, among other notable tasks. A long-time advocate on women’s issues, she founded the National Women’s Health Resource Center in the late 1970s and chaired the Karmanos Breast Cancer Committee. She frequently appears on national media and co-hosted “AM I Right” on the Detroit Public Television station. She is also a notable Democratic strategist and has chaired several campaigns for Democratic candidates in addition to having senior roles on the presidential campaigns of Al Gore and John Kerry. She holds a B.S.F.S. and Master of Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $385 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 29 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 9,000 women to run, worked to elect 102 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of this growing community — now more than three million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.

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Debbie Dingell Endorsed by UFCW Union Locals 876, 951 & Michigan Joint Council of RWDSU

March 12, 2014

Represents food, retail, wholesale, department store workers

The Michigan United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Locals 876 and 951, and the Michigan Joint Council of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) today endorsed Debbie Dingell for the Democratic nomination for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District.

“Debbie Dingell has spent her public service career fighting for the causes that are important to working families across our state and our nation,” said John Cakmakci, President of Local 951 “Nothing is more important to us than jobs and that is why we are going to work to send her to the halls of Congress where she will make sure our voices are heard on national policies that are important to us.”
With over 58,000 members in Michigan, the UFCW represents workers in a variety of industries including retail food and drug, warehousing, transportation, food processing, manufacturing, and nursing homes. The RWDSU represents over 5000 active and retired workers in similar industries.

“I believe in getting things done and that is why I am running for Congress,” Dingell said. “I want to keep fighting for the issues that have always been my passion including access to health care for women and children, the promise of a higher education for our young people and supporting policies that will protect jobs for our workers. For all of those reasons I am grateful for the support of the food and commercial workers of Michigan.”
Dingell will be honored by the Brownstown Democratic Club tonight at a reception and petition pick-up party from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at UAW Local 3000, 22693 Van Horn Road, Woodhaven. Among the event’s co-hosts are mayors and township supervisors in Western Wayne County, Wayne County elected officials, and by State Senator Glenn Anderson and State Representative Phil Cavanaugh who represent Western Wayne County.

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Debbie Dingell launches campaign in Dearborn for husband’s U.S. House seat

February 28, 2014

Debbie Dingell launched her congressional campaign Friday, telling supporters that making education affordable, protecting the environment and representing Michigan’s workers are her top priorities.

“I’m not running to replace John Dingell. I think he’s irreplaceable,” she said of her husband, who has held the seat for 58 years. “I want to keep fighting for the issues that have always been my passion, especially women and children.”

Several dozen supporters joined Debbie Dingell, 60, at the Panera Bread in her hometown of Dearborn, the first of three stops to launch her campaign.

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