Detroit News endorses Ellen Lipton for Congress

By The Detroit News

9th District (parts of Oakland and Macomb counties): Longtime incumbent Democratic Rep. Sandy Levin is retiring. His son, Andy Levin, would like to succeed him. But congressional seats should be earned, not inherited, and Andy Levin’s record in the district is scanty, aside from appointed positions in the Granholm administration.

That can’t be said of Ellen Lipton, a former state representative who was an aggressive advocate for her constituents. She is now the president of the Michigan Promise Zone Association, which works to help students pay for college. Lipton, who has Multiple Scelerosis, was instrumental in winning passage of the ballot initiative enabling stem cell research in Michigan. As a lawmaker, she led the effort criminal justice reform effort that improved representation for indigent defendants. She also formed the Progressive Women’s Caucus in the House.The former patent attorney is a Harvard Law School grad. Her priorities are education and health care. She is the better choice. Martin Brock, an attorney and former Bloomfield Hills school board member, is also running in the Democratic primary. Republican Candius Stearns is unopposed.