Congressman Dan Kildee will not run for governor - WNEM TV 5

Congressman Dan Kildee will not run for governor

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Congressman Dan Kildee sat down with TV5's David Custer for an exclusive interview on May 9, 2017. (Source: WNEM) Congressman Dan Kildee sat down with TV5's David Custer for an exclusive interview on May 9, 2017. (Source: WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

As expected, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has announced he will not make a run for governor in 2018.

Kildee plans to run for re-election for his congressional seat because he feels there is more work to be done in Washington.

"As I watched Republicans roll back consumer protections and strip 24 million Americans of their health insurance, it became clear to me that I'm not ready to turn away from these important fights," Kildee said in an email to his supporters. "After talking with my family, I've concluded that the best way for me to continue fighting back against the reckless policies of President Trump is to remain in Congress."

Kildee is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 5th congressional district. He was elected to the position in 2013.

The congressman has made headlines for his efforts in the Flint water crisis.

Read Kildee's full email below: 

Friend,

Over the last five months, I've been leading the fight in Congress against many of President Trump's dangerous policies. If I'm being honest, it's a fight that I didn't expect to be waging after the last election. But it's an important fight — and one we can't back down from. The extreme policies of the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress will have a real impact on Michigan and our country.

Last week in Congress, I watched Republicans begin the repeal of consumer protections put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, effectively putting Wall Street back in charge of our economy. Sadly, I also watched House Republicans pass their health care bill, Trumpcare. The extreme changes President Trump and Republicans are attempting to make to your health care — higher costs for worse coverage, eliminating protections for pre-existing conditions and an age tax on older Americans — are truly frightening. While I fought this terrible bill, Republicans unfortunately prevailed on this vote. But the fight isn't over, and I'm not done fighting. I hope you aren't either. 

Undoubtedly, we know that there will be more reckless policies pushed by this new administration. These big battles — over health care, tax reform, protecting the Great Lakes — are going to happen in Congress. As a Representative, I am on the front lines representing our state's interests in these fights. It's a responsibility that I don't take lightly. I truly am honored every day to represent my hometown of Flint and the entire Fifth District in Congress.

As I watched Republicans roll back consumer protections and strip 24 million Americans of their health insurance, it became clear to me that I'm not ready to turn away from these important fights. After talking with my family, I've concluded that the best way for me to continue fighting back against the reckless policies of President Trump is to remain in Congress. 

I've truly appreciated all of the encouragement I've received to run for Governor. Right now, staying in Congress is where I know that I can make the biggest impact for you. And I am excited about this work — I feel a sense of duty to fight back, and I know that you are going to continue to be by my side.

We are at a pivotal moment in our nation's history. 2018 will be an important election year. While still far away, I am going to be doing everything I can to help Democrats win, up and down the ballot — from winning local races, to taking back state government, to winning back control of Congress. Too much is at stake — and we have to win.

I hope you'll join me in those efforts. Keep fighting back — if we work together, I am confident that the power of our collective voices will win at the end of the day.

Thanks,

Dan

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