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Stevens, Levin launch first ads of hotly contested congressional primary


U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens’ campaign said it is airing its first television ad of the season starting Tuesday, and it plays up her role in the auto rescue under President Barack Obama. 

The ad buy totals $106,800 and will run May 31 through June 13 on cable and broadcast TV in Metro Detroit, the campaign said. It features a video clip of Obama from an October 2018 campaign rally for Michigan Democrats at Cass Tech High School, when Stevens was running for Congress for the first time in a historically Republican district in suburban Detroit.

“And Haley Stevens, by the way, she was there. She was a critical part of my team that helped the American auto industry come roaring back,” Obama said at the 2018 rally. 

Stevens, who is seeking a third term, has campaigned for the U.S. House in part on her experience as chief of staff of the U.S. Treasury task force that planned and oversaw the financial bailout and bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors from 2009-11. 

Stevens of Waterford Township is in a heated Democratic primary against a colleague, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin of Bloomfield Township, for the House seat representing the new 11th District. The Democratic-leaning district covers Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield Township and Pontiac.