Primary Date: 08/07/2018
Primary Type: Open Primary
”At 30, I was appointed to rebuild the Detroit Health Department after it was shuttered when Detroit faced bankruptcy. As a doctor, an educator, and a public servant, my work and my life has always been about creating opportunities for real people.” - Abdul El-Sayed
Justice Democrats is proud to support candidates with a positive vision for our future. As establishment strategies continue to fail the people, Abdul El-Sayed fights for a platform to uplift the lives of the extraordinary people he would represent by replacing the incumbent and fighting to:
- Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour
- Implement state-level single-payer healthcare
- Protect a woman’s right to choose and eliminate the gender pay gap
- Get the money out of politics
- Reinvest in education and make college tuition free for families earning under $150K
- Reform our criminal justice system & tackle mass incarceration and police violence
- Take aggressive action on climate, environmental justice, and no new fossil fuel infrastructure
- Fight for clean water for all and shut down Enbridge’s Line 5
- Provide high-speed broadband internet to every community in Michigan and protect net neutrality
- End gerrymandering and legislative term limits and reinstate FOIA for public officials
- Tackle the opioid epidemic through comprehensive mental health reform
Abdul El-Sayed was born and raised in Michigan. His family reflects the diversity of our state, including immigrants who left Egypt in pursuit of greater opportunity in America, and farmers, teachers, and small-business owners who have lived in Gratiot County, Michigan for generations. At 30, Abdul became the youngest health official of a major American city when he came home to rebuild Detroit's Health Department after it was privatized during the city's bankruptcy. As Health Director, he was responsible for the health and safety of over 670,000 Detroiters, working tirelessly to ensure government accountability and transparency, promote health, and reduce cross-generational poverty. After witnessing the systematic failures of government only a few miles away in Flint, Abdul worked hard to ensure that children attending Detroit schools and daycares were drinking lead-free water and even built a program to give schoolchildren across the city glasses if they needed them. Though the work continues, under Abdul’s leadership, the Detroit Health Department has become a state and national leader in public health innovation and environmental justice, in one of the fastest municipal public health turnarounds in American history. Abdul is called to public service by a core belief in people. He believes that all people can thrive when we value each other and our communities, we seek to protect and defend our vulnerable, and when we create the kinds of opportunities that empower people to dream for a better future.
”We must unite as Michiganders if we hope to face the challenges that lie ahead – challenges that have left so many of us tired and afraid. Whether it is the fear of being treated differently by law enforcement, the fear that one’s work will not be compensated equally because of their gender, or the fear of being discriminated against by businesses, we must dismantle the barriers to equity so that we can devote our energies to building our future together." - Abdul El-Sayed
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