Candidates for Governor, Congress to Speak

A pair of candidates for high office in Michigan will speak at the next meeting of Livingston County Democrats.

Abdul El-Sayed, candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, and Elissa Slotkin, candidate for the Democratic nomination for 8th District Congress, will speak at the meeting on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

El Sayed, of Detroit is a epidemiologist who is the former health commissioner for the City of Detroit.

He was born in Michigan and grew up in Detroit. He has a medical degree from Columbia University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate in public health. He was an assistant professor in Columbia University’s Department of Epidemiology when Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appointed him health commissioner.

Slotkin, of Holly, is a former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense. She went to work in the Central Intelligence Agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and served three tours in Iraq. She worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents at the White House National Security Council. She now runs a small consulting business.

She is married and has two step-daughters.

The primary for both the Democratic nomination for governor and for 8th District Congress will be Aug. 7, 2018.

The meeting will be at RE/Max Platinum Auditorium, 6870 Grand River, between Brighton and Howell. Park in the back, use the rear entrance, and take the stairs or elevator down to the auditorium. The business locks its doors at 7 p.m.

The party’s business meeting will follow.

For more information, call 810-229-4212 or email

(Paid for by Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 8028 Grand River, Woodland Plaza Suite 7, Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)