Andy Levin
Andy Levin

There will remain a Levin in the U.S. House of Representatives as Democrat Andy Levin defeated Republican Candius Stearns in Michigan’s 9th Congressional District and will succeed his father, Sander Levin, who is retiring. With 5 percent of precincts reporting, Levin led Stearns 58 percent to 38 percent.

Michigan’s 9th congressional district includes all of southern Macomb County from Warren to St. Clair Shores and the following towns in Oakland: Bloomfield Twp., Franklin, Bingham Farms, Beverly Hills, Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Ferndale, Clawson precinct one, Madison Heights and Hazel Park.

Levin, 58, a Bloomfield Township resident and member of Congregation T’chiyah, is an entrepreneur, union organizer and advocate for workers’ rights and human rights. He previously told the JN that his top three priorities were “Medicare for all, good-paying jobs with benefits and quality education for every child.”

In a statement after his win, Levin wrote: “I got into this race after I watched the state of Michigan help elect Donald Trump. For decades now, cynical so-called leaders have used fear and mistrust to divide us against each other while running a con game, in which all benefits of economic growth have flown straight into the pockets of the very wealthiest Americans.

“We came out in huge numbers today to say that we’re onto the con. People responded to a positive campaign about high quality jobs with living wages, quality education for every child, and health care and a dignified retirement for all. I will be forever grateful that the voters of the 9th District elected me to be their representative in Congress. I can’t even express how excited I am to go to Congress to help build a more just, inclusive America where workers share fairly in our prosperity.”