Gretchen Driskell is challenging right-wing Republican incumbent U.S. Representative Tim Walberg. Driskell is a current member of the Michigan House of Representatives.
Background and Achievements
Driskell has had a career both in public service and business. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Lynchburg College and a MBA degree from George Washington University, Driskell established a productive career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a commercial realtor and a community volunteer. She was elected to the City Council of Saline, Michigan in 1993 and then became Saline’s first female Mayor. She served as Mayor for 14 years, making her the longest serving Mayor of Saline. As Mayor she repeatedly had a balanced budget, and led Saline to be name one of the top 100 small cities in the U.S. three times, and focused on improving the local public schools. She also served on the boards of Michigan Municipal League and the National League of Cities.
Positions on Key Issues
- Strong supporter of women’s reproductive health and women’s equality
- Advocate for “efficient, commerce-friendly infrastructure
- Champion of public education and and equality of opportunity and will fight cuts to education funding
- Advocate for quality schools, parks, and housing;
- Champion for clean water, clean air, and renewable energy.
Prospects & Opponents
Driskell does not have a Democratic primary opponent.
Although the district slightly leans Republican in a presidential year, if voter turnout is high Driskell may have an advantage. In a 2015 poll, the race was very close with Driskell having a narrow lead (5%). A subsequent 2015 poll had Walberg in the lead. This race is on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Red to Blue List.
- Feminist Majority
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of MI
- Sierra Club
- MI List (Dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to key state and local Offices)
- National Women’s Political Caucus
- EMILY's List
- League of Conservation Voters
- End Citizens United
- Communications Workers of America
- American Federation of Government Employees
- Council for a Livable World
- United Auto Workers