A long-time Washtenaw County attorney plans to run in the Democratic primary for Michigan's 12th Congressional District seat.
Raymond G. Mullins is challenging Debbie Dingell in the race to succeed her husband, U.S. Representative John Dingell.
Mullins says his biggest concerns are fighting poverty, income inequality, and improving public education at all levels.
"This campaign is about the people – all the people – especially working class people: people who are suffering and not getting employed, not getting educated," he said. "And we want to be in a position to advocate for these folks and provide some solution."
Mullins says he has a track record on employment and education issues from his community involvement, including 12 years as president of the Yspilanti-Willow Run branch of the NAACP from 1987 through 1998.
Mullins was born in Detroit, and graduated from Ypsilanti High School. After receiving his B.A. degree from Howard University, he served honorably in the United States Air Force for four years. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1973. Following a federal judicial clerkship, he opened his solo practice in Ypsilanti, where he has practiced law since.
Mullins needs 1,000 signatures by April 22 to get on the ballot for the August 5 primary. He said today he has about 200.
Right-to-work activist Terry Bowman plans to run for the Republican nomination.
Virginia Gordan, Michigan Radio Newsroom