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"Democrat Trevor Thomas is seriously considering challenging Rep. Justin Amash (R) in Michigan’s 3rd district. Thomas, who was instrumental in the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell as the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network communications director, wrote supporters today to say he ‘will meet with folks in the morning and will make a decision after looking at our research.'"
“We were enthused a month or so ago to hear rumors that a fighting progressive, Trevor Thomas, was looking at a run. Trevor grew up in the district; his parents worked 30 years each on factory lines, including General Motors and Delphi plants. A source close to his team reports that he picked up legendary consultant Mark Mellman who is already in the field with a poll measuring his chances. Trevor, who spent five years as a producer and reporter at WOOD-TV and WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids, went on to work for Governor Jennifer Granholm and later helped lead the national effort to repeal "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." And he’s done his legwork, meeting with local electeds in the district since November and charting a well-thought out, early grassroots plan to win.”
“After spending some time speaking to Trevor Thomas, I came away impressed. He is smart, eloquent, fiery, and charismatic. He is a passionate advocate for the middle class and those without a political voice. At the same time he is pragmatic and a realist. I believe he will appeal to a broad section of Michigan voters. He is pro-Choice, a supporter of the rights of young people, vets and union members and he is decidedly NOT an establishment candidate, something that many voters will find compelling in the current political climate. We’ll wait to hear from Thomas as he makes his decision. In the meantime, we can enjoy the thought of Democrats picking up another House seat and filling it with a progressive voice with energy and passion for fighting for the underdog: Trevor Thomas.”
Announced via Twitter moments ago: @TrevorThomasMI "I don't believe @JustinAmash represents the 'Jerry Ford' values of west MI; I'm running for Congress to put party aside and fight for our jobs"
Democrat Trevor Thomas announced Monday he's filed paperwork to run in the West Michigan district. The seat's currently held by freshman Republican Justin Amash (uh-MOSH') of Kent County's Cascade Township. Thomas is a Grand Valley State University graduate who worked as a reporter at WGVU-AM and as a news producer at WOOD-TV before joining Granholm's campaign. He also served in her executive office.
This is it. Today, we’re in. My name is Trevor Thomas, a West Michigan native who has spent the past 10 years standing up for fairness, equality, and opportunity. ...It’s no secret Michigan has been hardest hit by our struggling economy and our lawmakers in Washington continue to play politics with our future. That’s wrong.
Yep, Trevor is running for Congress in Western Michigan. Trevor was the most amazing communications director for SLDN during the push to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. John and I watched him in action every day during that battle. He's smart, savvy and committed -- and he wants to make a difference for his home town and home state.
Trevor Thomas, the former communications director for SLDN, and a man instrumental in repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, has just announced he is running for the U.S. Congress, and aims to beat a freshman Tea Party Congressman. Thomas, who grew up in the Michigan district he hopes now to represent, also spent time working for the highly-influential media watchdog Media Matters, and began his career as a local Michigan reporter.
The video captures the mix that Grand Rapids is: factories, lots of them closed, and an increasingly funky downtown and neighborhoods. It’s a great mix of Midwestern grit and funky revival, a mix of struggle and optimism. And that’s what Trevor’s story is too: he comes from a family of working people. But he’s also thrived in this newer economy. He will fight for the working people in the area who have been struggling, but he’ll also be able to lead in new directions.
When Trevor was Communications Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, I had the pleasure of working with him during the DADT battle. He is a whip-smart, effective, and detail-oriented professional who embraced blogging and new media as essential parts of the process of getting things done. Since I’ve come to know Trevor personally, he’s simply one of the nicest, most sincere folks I’ve dealt with in what is a toxic Beltway political environment.
"It’s time for us to return to the values of Jerry Ford, who put politics aside to do what was best for our country. My parents’ generation helped put the world on wheels and furniture in our living rooms. Now it is our time to stand up and fight for Michigan families to ensure they get a fair shake."
- Trevor Thomas