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September 10, 2019

 

Whittney Williams

 

As President Trump and the GOP continue their war on illegal immigrants and fight for beefed up border security, a Taiwanese immigrant who said she lived in the United States illegally for 16 years as a youth – until she married to remain in this country – has announced she is taking on Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Rochester Hills, Troy, western Oakland, western Wayne county) to flip the 11th District back to the Republican side of the ledger. Whittney Williams of Canton announced her candidacy in mid-August, with Scott Hagerstrom, who led Trump's Michigan network in 2016, as her chief strategist. Williams, a professional model and actress, traveled the country as an auto show product specialist for the last several years, as well as the director of diversity and Canton Township precinct delegate for the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee. She said she came to the U.S. at the age of 10  with her parents, who overstayed their visas. She lived here illegally for the next 16 years, until she married at 26, and became a U.S. citizen three years later. "I am running for Congress because I love our country, believe in the American Dream, and want to fight back against the radical left's socialist agenda," Williams said in a press statement. A Republican Party leader said, “We can't find anyone to run against Stevens,” noting both her fundraising prowess and that Oakland County's 2018 blue wave will likely continue in 2020. As for rumored 11th District GOP candidates John Akouri and Dillon Breen, the party source said he doesn't believe Akouri is going to follow through and run.

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