Southfield City Councilman Jeremy Moss, a Democrat, announced today he will run for the Michigan House of Representatives seat that will be vacated by State Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D – Southfield) in 2014.
“I’m a lifelong resident of this community. The people who live in Michigan’s 35th House District are my neighbors, friends, family and former classmates from this district’s public school system – and, as a Southfield city councilman, many are my constituents already. I am deeply connected with their concerns,” Moss said. “I work every day as a problem solver as their representative in local government but Lansing continues to give us more problems to solve. This state government has put extra burdens on the seniors and working families in this district and has spent taxpayer funds on tax breaks to big corporations – all while threatening the funding and stability of local governments. That’s not right and I’m going to fight on behalf of my neighbors to make sure the state invests in Michigan’s middle class.”
Moss previously served as the district director for Hobbs and as a legislative aide to former State Rep. Paul Condino (D – Southfield).
“In an era of term-limits, Jeremy’s experience will be an incredible resource to other policymakers in Lansing and to the constituents in his district,” Condino said. “I know first-hand what it takes to tackle complex statewide issues and I know Jeremy is ready to serve.”
Moss placed first among eight candidates vying for four seats on the Southfield City Council in 2011, becoming the youngest elected official in Southfield’s history at the age of 25.
“Jeremy has been an integral part of the Southfield team, helping to balance our city budget while still working to provide quality services to our residents,” Southfield City Council President Kenson Siver said. “The fiscal discipline he has demonstrated in city government and his commitment to the citizens he represents are exactly the qualities we need in an effective state representative. There is no one better for the job."
Moss has also earned the early support of his colleagues Councilman Donald Fracassi and Councilman Myron Frasier.
As a proactive council member, Moss called for the creation of the Southfield Economic Development Committee and was appointed as its chairman to better understand how the city can drive efforts to jumpstart the local economy. He also serves as chairman of the city council’s Legislative Affairs Committee, which examines how Lansing policies affect city government.
In addition to Southfield, which Moss represents at-large on the city council, Michigan’s 35th House District includes Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin.
“Jeremy’s leadership is felt beyond the Southfield borders,” Lathrup Village Mayor Pro-Tem Maria Mannarino Thompson said. “He’s already proven himself to be a fearless and tireless worker on behalf of his constituents and I know he will represent this entire district with that same enthusiasm and dedication.”
Moss is a journalist by training, earning a bachelor’s degree with high honors in journalism with an additional major in political science from Michigan State University, and is a freelance graphic designer by passion.