Wayne State alumnus Nick Rivera has announced his candidacy for District 1 in the Michigan State Senate.
Rivera said he was motivated to run and represent District 1 because of the recent political climate and wanted to contribute further than community organizing and planning marches.
District 1 includes a part of Detroit, a part of Brownstown Township, Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Riverview, Trenton, Woodhaven and Wyandotte, according to the Michigan Senate website.
Rivera graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2015, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in dispute resolution, according to his campaign’s Facebook page. Rivera said he has no background in politics, but he is confident that it will not hinder his campaign.
“My goals are to stand up for the people,” Rivera said. “I'm not a career politician, so I don't have much to gain in the political realm, but I do know how to listen, compile data and make informed decisions.”
Rivera said he aims to replace current State Senator Coleman Young Jr., who is on his final term, and continue and refine his work based on what the people want to see happen.
Rivera works as an admissions counselor at WSU, and therefore highlights the importance of tackling topics, such as protecting public education, he said.
“I think we need someone who is going to fight for the students and the teachers within the jurisdiction,” Rivera said. “I'm also an officer in the Michigan Army National Guard, and I would love to try to create more social and economic programs for service members, veterans and their dependents within the district.”
Rivera describes himself as a “moderate Democrat” and encourages people from all walks of life to support his campaign. He relates his credibility to being a citizen that went to school, worked and lived in Detroit.
“Many people say that our elected officials don't adequately represent them, and I want to change that,” he said. “A vote for me is a vote to change the status quo. It's a vote to take back our political power and put it in the hands of the voters and those who want to make positive change.”
For more information about Rivera and his campaign, visit the Nick Rivera for Michigan State Senate, District 1 Facebook page.