Bloomfield Township resident Andy Levin running for father’s Congressional seat

The former head of the Michigan Department of of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth is making a run for his father’s seat in Congress.

Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Township, made the announcement following U.S. Rep. Sander Levin’s decision to retire after 35 years in Congress. Currently, Levin joins three others in seeking to fill Michigan’s 9th Congressional District seat.

Levin said it’s time to unite around policies that raise living standards for working people.

“We need a new movement focused on creating good jobs, education and training, protecting our air and water, and restoring faith in our government,” said Levin.

Levin, founder and president of the Lean and Green Michigan Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE), worked with the county to develop its own PACE program, which offers flexible financing options for businesses that want to implement green energy infrastructure.

The new program, implemented a year ago, encourages businesses to increase their energy efficiency and renewable energy systems.

From 2010-2011, Levin directed the state’s working training program and created No Worker Left Behind, the largest job retaining program in the country. The program provided training to 152,000 Michiganders during the great recession.

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