Democrat George Franklin announces run for Congress

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    Democrat George Franklin  on Thursday launched a campaign for Congress in Michigan’s 6th District setting up a challenge to Republican Fred Upton.
    Franklin moved to Michigan more than  30 years ago to work at Kellogg, where he spent most of his career, bringing workers and the company closer together to create a strong community.
    “I’m not a career politician, and I never want to be,” said Franklin. “I don’t want to spend decades in Washington as part of the partisan machine. I’m running for Congress because I want to keep making a difference and improving lives in our community.”
    “Michiganders deserve a champion who will put them first. That’s why I’m committed to focusing on job creation, ensuring safe workplaces, supporting strong schools, delivering clean drinking water for our communities, and guaranteeing every family has access to affordable, quality health care,” added Franklin.
    In addition to his work at Kellogg. Franklin has volunteered extensively in the community helping to  lift families  up and give people a fair shot. Franklin was appointed by Governor Jim  Blanchard to the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University, and volunteered his time as a member of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC)  of the  United States Department of Agriculture - a position he was appointed to by President Bill Clinton. Recently, Franklin joined the advisory board of the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School.
    As part of Thursday’s campaign launch, Franklin revealed a list of more than 100 key endorsements from leaders and community members across Southwest Michigan.
    “George excelled as an appointee to the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University,” said former Gov. Blanchard. “During his tenure, the University expanded educational opportunities for Michiganders of all ages. No other candidate in this race has George’s proven experience or track record of fighting for students and improving our schools.”
    “George Franklin has his finger on the pulse and understands the needs of farmers and workers alike. I’ve worked hand-in-hand with George over the years, fighting to strengthen trade agreements to provide markets for Michigan goods abroad, and protections for Michigan workers here at home,” said former Congressman Mark Schauer.
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