I never aspired to run for Congress.  Indeed, I have been perfectly happy spending more than three decades in a career focused on teaching and writing about public policy, law, American government, and criminal justice.  However, the November 2016 election and its continuing aftermath changed everything for me.  As we anticipate the impending birth of our first grandchild, I wonder what I will say if my grandchild ever asks me, “What did you do in the time of Trump?”  Thus I feel compelled to step away from my job and devote myself to the challenge of ousting the incumbent Republican who represents my district.  He spouts ideology and advances the goals of special interest PACs.  By contrast, I want to use my knowledge about evidence-based policy making to address the problems that affect families, seniors, students, and veterans.

When I was younger, I worked minimum wage jobs and I faced student loan payments until I was 40 years old.  As a young, one-income couple seeking to create a middle-class life for our small children, we worried that we would never be able to save enough for a down payment on a house.  Contrary to the understanding that I gained from personal experience, we see the current majority in Congress act as if they are blind or uncaring about how their proposals will affect the lives of families, seniors, students, and veterans.  We need a change.  Let's put people before politics.

I am a strong advocate of:

  1. Affordable prescription drugs

  2. Single-payer universal health care (Medicare for All)

  3. Real jobs programs, not “trickle down” ideology

  4. Environmental protection to combat climate change

  5. Protection and restoration of electoral processes

  6. Investments in public education, science, infrastructure

  7. Humane immigration policies that reflect our ideals

  8. Renewal of U.S. leadership in diplomacy and human rights

  9. Civil rights, equal protection, and reform of the justice system

  10. Privacy protections and reproductive rights

I am aware that not everyone agrees with all of the policy positions that I hold as a life-long Democrat.  Yet, after attending public events and engaging in numerous conversations, I know that many Independents and Republicans feel repelled by the coarseness, dishonesty, and ineffectiveness of the Trump administration and its enablers in Congress.  The political winds are blowing differently now than in 2016. 




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  • William Carson endorsed

    “I am glad to support Chris Smith. He is following his heart and head to be the change that is needed in Washington, D.C.”

  • Roy Fenoff endorsed

    “Chris Smith will make an outstanding Congressman. I have known Chris for 10 years and he has always been someone whose actions reflect his words. Not only is Chris thoughtful, hard-working, and extremely smart, but he is a decent human being who believes everybody is somebody. I put my full support behind Chris Smith.”

  • Melissa Garmo endorsed

    “I support Christopher Smith in this fight against Trump. Dr. Smith was my professor, mentor, and is a friend. He is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate about these political issues. He demonstrates the kind of honesty and integrity that we should expect from people in public office. I cannot think of anyone better to continue this fight.”

  • Roger Hatch endorsed

    “Chris Smith brings intellect, passion, and a concern for people to all he does. During the 25 years I have known him, he has demonstrated that he knows how to work with a wide variety of people to achieve common goals.”

  • Ksenia Petlakh endorsed

    “Dr. Chris Smith is brilliant, hard-working, honest, and genuinely cares about people. I have known him for four years, and he has always been incredibly helpful and kind. Dr. Smith is a fantastic mentor and professor. He is an analytical thinker and always takes action to help others. He's exactly the kind of trustworthy and hard-working person that we need to represent us!”

  • Joyce Baugh endorsed

    “I have had the pleasure of knowing Chris Smith as both a colleague and friend for more than 25 years. He is thoughtful, dependable, and honest. Chris is a man of great character and integrity who will represent the 8th District with distinction.”

  • Amanda Kenner endorsed

    “Dr. Smith was the best professor I had at Michigan State University. His passion and knowledge of policy related to correctional issues are the reasons why I am now working as a student attorney at the Michigan Innocence Clinic. Congress needs people with this kind of intellectual and compassionate ideology. I am endorsing him because I share these values with him, but also because I believe he will be incorruptible.”

  • Namita Sharma endorsed

    “We need smart and effective progressive candidates and elected officials who will fight against the extremist agenda of Trump and the republican controlled senate and congress.”

  • Gail B. Bronfman Bunch endorsed

    “This is a man with honest motives and a value system I share.”

  • Gabrielle N Virgo endorsed

    “Chris Smith is a man of integrity and compassion who will fight against those in our government who want to trample upon justice and decency under the guise of making America great. He will defend and represent the American people and will fight against the hatred and fear that the current administration is using to bully decent citizens.”

October 24, 2017

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • William Carson endorsed

    “I am glad to support Chris Smith. He is following his heart and head to be the change that is needed in Washington, D.C.”

  • Roy Fenoff endorsed

    “Chris Smith will make an outstanding Congressman. I have known Chris for 10 years and he has always been someone whose actions reflect his words. Not only is Chris thoughtful, hard-working, and extremely smart, but he is a decent human being who believes everybody is somebody. I put my full support behind Chris Smith.”

  • Melissa Garmo endorsed

    “I support Christopher Smith in this fight against Trump. Dr. Smith was my professor, mentor, and is a friend. He is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate about these political issues. He demonstrates the kind of honesty and integrity that we should expect from people in public office. I cannot think of anyone better to continue this fight.”

  • Roger Hatch endorsed

    “Chris Smith brings intellect, passion, and a concern for people to all he does. During the 25 years I have known him, he has demonstrated that he knows how to work with a wide variety of people to achieve common goals.”

  • Ksenia Petlakh endorsed

    “Dr. Chris Smith is brilliant, hard-working, honest, and genuinely cares about people. I have known him for four years, and he has always been incredibly helpful and kind. Dr. Smith is a fantastic mentor and professor. He is an analytical thinker and always takes action to help others. He's exactly the kind of trustworthy and hard-working person that we need to represent us!”

  • Joyce Baugh endorsed

    “I have had the pleasure of knowing Chris Smith as both a colleague and friend for more than 25 years. He is thoughtful, dependable, and honest. Chris is a man of great character and integrity who will represent the 8th District with distinction.”

  • Andrew Olal endorsed

  • Amanda Kenner endorsed

    “Dr. Smith was the best professor I had at Michigan State University. His passion and knowledge of policy related to correctional issues are the reasons why I am now working as a student attorney at the Michigan Innocence Clinic. Congress needs people with this kind of intellectual and compassionate ideology. I am endorsing him because I share these values with him, but also because I believe he will be incorruptible.”

  • Amanda Kenner endorsed

  • Namita Sharma endorsed

    “We need smart and effective progressive candidates and elected officials who will fight against the extremist agenda of Trump and the republican controlled senate and congress.”

  • Gail B. Bronfman Bunch endorsed

    “This is a man with honest motives and a value system I share.”

  • Everton Blair endorsed

  • Alicia Smith-Tran endorsed

  • Gabrielle N Virgo endorsed

    “Chris Smith is a man of integrity and compassion who will fight against those in our government who want to trample upon justice and decency under the guise of making America great. He will defend and represent the American people and will fight against the hatred and fear that the current administration is using to bully decent citizens.”

  • Darwin L. Burke, Jr. endorsed

    “Even if I disagreed with his platform - which I don't - I would still strongly consider him as a candidate. Christopher Smith is an educated, aware, and concerned individual. He is a family man who understands how the world works. He cares about this country and the people who make it great. In a country being run by a mid-level reality show host, we can do better with our elected officials. We need leaders who will stand up for their constituents and do what is right for everyone, not just the wealthiest 1%. Because he endorses strong American values, and because he is right on the issues, Christopher Smith would make an excellent representative of his district and of the state of Michigan.”

  • Tony Phillips endorsed

    “I have known Chris Smith my entire adult life, and I know him to be thoughtful, measured, and yet a leader. This vote is easy...”

  • Jeffrey Smith endorsed

    “I endorse Chris Smith because he gets it. He's a listener. He's a student of the game. He is a grownup. He is a proud, authentic American. He wants a better life for his kids and grandkids - for our kids and grandkids. And he wants to remain proud of what America stands for in the world. Reagan's 'shining city on the hill'. He will make a difference. He will care. And he will do it right - or he won't do it. That's what a real Midwesterner does. He won't take the money and the perks like the incumbent Mike Bishop. He does NOT want to stay in Congress as a professional politician. He, like Cincinnatus, hears the call of duty and is stepping up for his country -- for our country. I've known him his entire life. And I endorse him.”

  • DeWitt Godfrey endorsed