Driskell plans third run for Congress

For a third time, Gretchen Driskell plans to take on Congressman Tim Walberg in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Branch County.

Driskell, of Saline, will met with supporters Sunday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Blue Hat Coffee. 867 E. Chicago St.

So far, she is the only Democrat to announce for the Aug. 4 Democratic primary. The district includes Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe counties and a portion of Washtenaw County.

Driskell was mayor of Saline for 14 years. She left office at the end of 2012, after defeating incumbent Republican Mark Ouimet in the race for Michigan’s 52nd House District. She represented western Washtenaw County in Lansing for four years.

Driskell first lost to Republican Tim Walberg by almost 15 percent in the 2016. In her second run two years ago, she cut that deficit to 7.6 percent.

This year, she expects she can reverse the numbers with a larger turn out in the presidential election and her name recognition.

Driskell earned her bachelor of science in accounting from Lynchburg College and her MBA in finance from George Washington University. Her professional experience includes working as a Realtor.

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