Derek Bailey, chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, has decided not to run for U.S. Congress. Instead he plans to run for the Michigan House of Representatives. (Photo courtesy Derek Bailey)
TRAVERSE CITY -- Derek Bailey, chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, has decided to run for the 101st District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives instead of running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Democratic Primary against Gary McDowell for Michigan's 1st Congressional District.
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LANSING -- Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer issued the following statement on Tribal Chairman for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Derek Bailey’s
decision to end his campaign in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District:
"Chairman Bailey ran a Congressional campaign that all Democrats can be proud of. We value his leadership in the Michigan Democratic Party and believe he has a bright future ahead of
him. We thank him for his campaign and for bringing important Democratic issues to the voters of the 1st Congressional District.
"Chairman Bailey now plans to run for the State House of Representatives in the 101st District. The Michigan Democratic Party has a long-standing policy of neutrality in Democratic
primaries. We wish all of the candidates well and leave the choice of the Democratic candidate to the Democratic voters in the 101st. We look forward to winning the 101st in the
general election as we work to take back the House in November."