More than 600 supporters tuned into Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s re-election campaign launch on Friday, July 10, marking the third anniversary of the Congresswoman’s first run for office and the start of a new way to connect with voters during COVID-19.
Slotkin spoke in Livingston, Ingham, and Oakland counties to small, in-person, socially distanced audiences, and to supporters who joined via a live-stream, sharing her 2020 campaign priorities of affordable healthcare and prescription drugs, clean water, restoring American manufacturing and bringing civility and decency to Washington while maintaining smart public health and safety practices amid COVID-19.
“As we relaunch the campaign, I thought it was important to speak directly to people in the district and talk about why I hope to earn your vote either for a second time or for a first time,” Slotkin said. “It is my obligation to come back to you all and explain the value proposition for the constituents and the residents in this district and why I hope to earn your vote.”
Local leaders including Livingston County small business owner Carly Leisk, state Rep. Sarah Anthony of Lansing, UAW Local 652 President Ben Frantz, and longtime Oakland County Republican elected official Nancy Strole joined Slotkin throughout the day. Each event was held in front of a small, socially distanced audience. Hundreds more viewed each of the local arts and events live-streamed across the campaign’s media platforms.
Slotkin’s reimagined campaign extends beyond Friday’s launch. Her campaign has found ways for its base of grassroots volunteers to continue to support her while maintaining social distancing. They include spreading information about absentee, mail-in voting, conducting contactless literature drops, and participating in phone banks by Zoom, so supporters can feel the sense of community that they would if they were together in an office.
A career national security professional, Slotkin is a former CIA analyst who joined the agency after the Sept. 11 attacks and later served three tours in Iraq alongside the U.S. military. In her first term in office, she has written bipartisan legislation to address PFAS “forever chemicals” that was enacted into law, and the Real Time Benefits Act to increase transparency in prescription drug prices, which passed the House with bipartisan support.