As the grand-daughter and daughter of Navy Veterans, Gretchen Driskell grew up learning that we have an obligation to give back to our community and that the most valuable things in life are always worth standing up for. These lessons are what’s driven Gretchen to spend her life working for family and community – and it’s why she’s running for Congress.
After starting her career in public accounting, Gretchen moved to Saline, Michigan for the opportunities it could provide her family. As a young mother, she saw a need for a recreation center so that families like hers had a gathering place – so she helped lead the efforts to build the Saline Recreation Complex, which celebrated its 25th anniversary, this past year.
The demands of raising her three children and supporting her family required more flexibility, and so Gretchen changed careers to become a commercial real estate agent – but her passion to help her community never wavered. She served on City Council for six years before becoming Saline’s Mayor.
During her 14 years as Mayor, Gretchen is proud to have passed 14 balanced budgets, to have Saline named one of the top 100 small cities in America three times, and to have prioritized and improved local schools. Most of all, she is proud that during her tenure she worked to attract new ventures to diversify Saline’s economy and to build Saline’s reputation as a place to do business.
In 2012, Gretchen seized an opportunity to do even more good for the community when she won a seat representing rural Washtenaw County in the Michigan House of Representatives. During her time in Lansing, she worked for better rural broadband access, to make sure that her community was at the top of the list for infrastructure improvements, and to make it easier for small businesses to access local capital. Throughout her career, Gretchen has always felt that it was important to get out and hear from people where they live, that’s why during her time as State Representative she talked to voters every day and heard their stories by knocking on more than 25,000 doors.
Today Gretchen continues to live in Saline and is the proud mother of three children, Ryan, Matthew an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, and Marielle and her granddaughter Chloe.
Why I’m Running
I’m running for Congress because I believe that our neighbors deserve a voice that truly represents them.
It’s time for everyone in Michigan to have a chance to succeed, not just those with money and power. It’s time to fix our broken system in Washington, stop the outsourcing of American jobs and rebuild the American Dream. It’s time that the 7th District had a voice in Washington that fights for working families and small businesses.
These are not Democratic or Republican values. These are Michigan values.
But these values don’t have a champion in Washington right now.
My opponent, Congressman Tim Walberg, has taken millions from special interests and even admitted that he was “bought and paid for” by one DC group. He’s voted for every foreign trade deal during his time in Congress, costing Michigan tens of thousands of jobs. He even said that NAFTA created jobs, when it actually cost Michigan over 43,000 jobs.
And last year, Walberg voted to fast-track the TPP, which would spell disaster for Michigan workers and businesses. That’s why I came out immediately against the TPP. I’m running for Congress to stop the bad trade deals that Walberg has always supported at the expense of working families and businesses.
Walberg clearly doesn’t represent our priorities here in the 7th District, and it’s time to put him in permanent retirement.
I’ll fight to stop foreign trade deals like TPP that outsource our jobs, fix bad deals like NAFTA that have forced our kids to leave Michigan to find work, and fight to protect Medicare and Social Security. Michigan families are hungry for new leadership — leadership that reflects our values and our priorities.
With your support, we can rebuild the American Dream and take Michigan values to Washington.