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Dear friends,

As many of you are aware, my friend and neighbor Gretchen Driskell has decided to enter the race here in Michigan’s Seventh Congressional District. She is an accomplished public servant who has served my city of Saline as mayor and the state of Michigan as a state representative. She has a proven track record for fundraising that I simply can’t hope to match, and I believe she is better positioned to beat my Republican opponent than I am. Since it’s so important to me that a Democrat win this race, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for the Democratic nomination and suspend my campaign indefinitely. I heartily and enthusiastically endorse Gretchen in this race, and I encourage my supporters to do the same. 

I want to thank all of you for your love and support during my campaign. I’ve met so many wonderful people in my travels across the district, and I was very much looking forward to fighting for all of us in Washington, D.C. I plan to continue working to make ours a more perfect Union in whatever way I can going forward. I hope you will join me and support Gretchen in her bid to be our voice in Congress come 2021; you can start by checking out her website at

*If you signed a nominating petition for me, I will not be turning them in. This means you are free to sign a petition for another candidate in this race. I recommend signing one for Gretchen!

Onward to a Democratic victory in the 7th!

-Chris “C.B.” Smith