El-Sayed believes he’s ‘disrupting’ Michigan’s politics

Detroit — Seven months into his 2018 bid for governor, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed says he’s confident that his grassroots movement challenging establishment politics is gaining traction.

The 32-year-old former director of Detroit’s health department is sharing a message, he says, is focused on investing in people, and said he’s not discouraged by the endorsements or polling lead of the race’s Democratic frontrunner, Gretchen Whitmer.

El-Sayed met Thursday with The Detroit News Editorial Board and said the system of politics in Michigan might be engrained, but he believes he’s “definitely disrupting that in some big ways.”

“The thing that is inspiring about this moment is that a lot of folks are asking, ‘How do you as a millennial Muslim doctor run in ‘Trump’s America,’” El-Sayed said. “What we are doing is challenging the notion that it is anybody’s America….

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