Voters in the 11th District won’t be limited to Stevens and Epstein as their candidates: Cooper Nye, a 26-year-old independent who lives in Commerce, and 73-year-old Leonard Schwartz, of Oak Park, the Libertarian Party candidate, also are running.
“I think we’re at a point where people see neither party is serious about solving the problems that are facing us today.”
Both have a similar message: that the two major parties are too engaged in partisan battles to stop and take into consideration the real needs of people in the district and address them.
“I think we’re at a point where people see neither party is serious about solving the problems that are facing us today,” says Nye, a Michigan State grad who after graduation spent some years working in Washington, D.C. — including interning for the conservative Heritage Foundation — before returning home. Previously much more conservative, he says he’s running on a “middle ground,” now, and wants to get big money out of politics and close what he considers a revolving door of influence peddling.
“The two parties wield (the issues of) abortion, immigration and guns to get people to side up with them,” he said. “(But) neither party is really going to do anything about any of those issues… I got in the race to try to change the conversation.”
The above is an excerpt from a story published by The Detroit Free Press on October 18, 2018. Read the full story here.