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DADT opponent announces bid for Congress

A leading campaigner in the successful effort to repeal the anti-gay “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy launched his campaign for Congress early on Feb. 13.

West Michigan native Trevor Thomas, a Democrat, is running in Michigan’s 3rd District against a tea party Republican, Justin Amash.

“It’s time for us to return to the values of Jerry Ford, who put politics aside to do what was best for our country,” said Thomas. “My parents’ generation helped put the world on wheels and furniture in our living rooms.  Now it is our time to stand up and fight for Michigan families to ensure they get a fair shake. ”

Thomas, in a news release, said he has spent his career fighting for “fairness, equality and opportunity.”

In Congress, he said, he would “stand up for working and middle class families – like the one he grew up in – and work to ensure all young people have a secure future in Michigan.”

“It used to be that if people worked hard and played by the rules, they wouldn’t have to worry about things like job security, health care, or putting their kids through school,” Thomas said. “That’s no longer the case—and lawmakers in Washington have been too busy playing politics to do what’s best for the American people.”

Thomas also promised to serve as an advocate for veterans and active-duty military personnel.

He knows something about military policy. Thomas worked for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which advocates for LGBT servicemembers and veterans, and he helped drive the campaign to repeal DADT. 

Thomas is a graduate of Michigan’s Grand Valley State University and a former reporter. He worked at WGVU-AM/NPR and WOOD-TV 8/NBC for five years.

Thomas also worked for Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s successful re-election campaign in 2006 and served in her executive office. 

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