Andy Levin Considers Run for Michigan Governor!

The Detroit News – Democrat Andy Levin, a former state official and son of Congressman Sandy Levin, confirmed Tuesday he is seriously considering a run for Michigan governor and is nearing a decision on a possible campaign.

If he jumps into the 2018 race, Levin would join a Democratic field headlined by former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, the early frontrunner for the party nomination.

“I think we have a number of great people in the race,” Levin said of Whitmer and other Democrats vying to reclaim a post that term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has held since 2011. “Politics is about who the right candidate is at the right time, so I’m just trying to figure out what our best shot is.” Levin’s continued interest in the governor’s race comes as speculation swirls that Sander Levin, 86, could consider retiring from the U.S. House rather than seek re-election next year, rumors his congressional office has downplayed.

Floated as a potential successor, Andy Levin told The Detroit News that he may run for congress someday but will support his dad’s political career as long as he wants to continue it, “because every day he works for the American people is a great day.” Levin said his own combination of experience in the national labor movement, government and the private sector could make him a unique candidate for the governor’s race in Michigan, where President Donald Trump last year became the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1988.  “The real message of 2016 I think is not about this or that detail of that campaign, or the particular candidates, it’s about a long trajectory of American politics that has led to this moment when working people do not feel they have a champion in Lansing and Washington,” he said. “And whatever I do, I’m going to change that. I have to work to change that.” A Harvard-trained attorney who lives in Bloomfield Township, Levin is president and founder of Levin Energy Partners, which develops private-public partnerships for clean energy initiatives.

He previously worked as a deputy in the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and was elevated to acting director in 2010 during the final months of the tenure of former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Levin also served as the state’s chief workforce officer and created the “No Worker Left Behind” initiative to train unemployed residents for new jobs in the Great Recession.  “We really need to have a big focus on creating good jobs and making sure people are training for those jobs,” he said Tuesday.  Levin ran for the state Senate in 2006 but lost to Republican John Pappageorge by 702 votes.  Snyder cannot run for re-election due to the state’s term-limits law. Republican candidates vying to replace him include Attorney General Bill Schuette of Midland, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township and Saginaw obstetrician Jim Hines. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is also likely to run.  Levin is the latest notable Democrat to consider joining the governor’s race. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint Township and University of Michigan regent Mark Bernstein had prepared possible runs but opted out.

“He’s definitely testing the waters and reaching out to Democratic leaders to assess whether or not he should run,” said political consultant Howard Edelson, who knows Levin but is not working with him on a potential campaign.

Other Democrats seeking the 2018 nomination include former Detroit health department director Abdul El-Sayed, Ann Arbor entrepreneur Shri Thanedar and former Xerox executive Bill Cobbs.  Whitmer has already locked up several union endorsements, along with support from Wayne County leaders like Executive Warren Evans, but some of the state’s largest labor groups have yet to back a candidate.  Levin recently joined Whitmer, El-Sayed, Thanedar and other declared candidates in a telephone town hall the Michigan Education Association hosted for its members.



GETTING TO KNOW: Derrick E. George, Esq.

Attorney Derrick George has served hundreds of individuals and business owners from Detroit and Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties, with a broad variety of legal matters, and has won hundreds of cases.

George, a resident of Birmingham, holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and his law degree from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. While in Colorado, he served as a judicial law clerk for two major judges, and did contract legal work with high-level U.S. Fortune 500 companies. After law school, George returned to Michigan, and opened his private law practice in Birmingham. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Association, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

His background in business prior to law school includes management of large investment funds in New York City, and media experience with ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20.
By Sheila Pursglove
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What would surprise people about your job?
How much skill outside of legal knowledge this job demands. After 10 years of practicing law, I have realized that to really be successful at it I need to be business-minded, act as a consultant, problem solve, be compassionate and sympathize with people, negotiate, act as a liaison between multiple parties, build relationships AND have implicit knowledge of the law.

Why did you become a lawyer?
I already had a graduate degree and was working in commercial real estate development when my dad, who was a business owner, asked me to become a lawyer and offered to help me get through law school. Reason being he felt he couldn’t find an attorney who would consistently have his back and when you own your own business, you are often faced with problems that need to be handled by or with the help of attorneys. That resonated with me. I get it—lawyers are something people don’t want but need, and they should make you feel and prove to you that they believe in you and have your best interests as their primary focus.

What’s your favorite law-related TV show, movie, and/or book?
I love anything O.J. Simpson trial related. It is so interesting to learn about the strategies the prosecution and defense deployed.

Who are your law role models – real and/or fictional?
Johnny Cochran had a lot of flair that you can’t often bring into this profession. So from an entertainment standpoint I like his style. It’s not something I can necessarily implement into my own cases, but he was one of the most creative attorneys I have seen.

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be?
Jimmy Fallon or any Michigan Supreme Court justice.

What advice do you have for someone considering law school?
Be the best in whichever school you choose, pass the bar, and start getting the practice. Being successful comes from jumping in and doing it.

What’s your proudest moment as a lawyer?
At my first trial, I obtained a “not guilty” verdict after a five-day trial for a 20-year felony my client was incarcerated for.

What do you do to relax?
Catch up on my sleep although that’s hard now that my wife and I have a baby! I love being outside when the weather is warm and when I can spare the time, a vacation is the ultimate way to relax.

What do you wish someone would invent?
I see all these amazing baby things now like electronic swings and strollers and I wouldn’t mind if they came in adult versions.

What other career path might you have chosen?
I have owned successful companies and was adept in the commercial real estate business so I could see either of those continuing if I hadn’t done law.

What would you say to your 16-year-old self?
Stop playing quarters in the alley of the Chinese restaurant.

Favorite local hangouts?
Phoenicia and Bistro Joe’s and Wright and Company are some of my favorites.

Favorite websites?
Amazon, CNN.

Favorite app?
Facebook, Instagram or Avvo to check on my client testimonials—LOL.

Favorite music?
Really anything but country music.

What is your happiest childhood memory?
First family trip to Boyne.

What is your most treasured material possession?
A 1978 vintage Rolex.

What has been your favorite year so far and why?
It has to be 2017. I have a kid now!

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been?
Maui, Hawaii for two weeks with my wife on our honeymoon. I also traveled extensively to Brazil and China and there are some amazing spots.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
The ability to fly because it would make taking vacations way easier.

What’s one thing you would like to learn to do?
I would like to learn how to sail.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I’m of Chaldean descent. No one would ever guess because of the red hair. That, and I can quote every line from the Chevy Chase movie “Fletch.”

If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
Martin Luther King Jr., Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Jimmy Kimmel

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Don’t lose sight.

Favorite way to spend money?
On travel.

What is your motto?
Learn from the past, plan for the future by focusing on today.

Which living person do you most admire?
Warren Buffett.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I’m answering this question fresh off of having a baby so I would have to say that, and marrying my wife.

What is the most unusual thing you have done?
I met my wife on October 5 and asked her to marry me on October 31. That seems pretty unusual. Although the more people I tell that story to, the more I learn others have had similar relationship paths. When you know, you know.

What is one of your future goals?
I plan to write a book about my business experiences and share the injustices I have discovered within our not-so-perfect system. After my dad died at age 52, I started a consumer product company right out of law school, with nothing more than an idea and a 10K loan from my grandma at 8 percent interest. I got sued by a Forbes-listed billionaire as a strategy to take out his competition—the billionaire figures you hose the small guy down with legal technicalities and tie them up in court they will eventually go out of business, cheaper than acquiring them and a way around anti-trust law. I figure I must have been doing something right.


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