The campaign office has closed and all campaign operations have terminated. Ngalamulume offers the following remarks.
“It is with a grieving heart that I must announce I am ending my campaign for Congress. After two difficult months of trying to get this grass roots campaign off the grounds, it is now apparent to me that there is not enough interest amongst the political establishment and many constituents in this district to replace Mike Rogers in Congress. As a result, I am suspending my campaign at once.
All along, I knew that trying to unseat a five-term incumbent would be a rather difficult proposition; however, I did not let that deter me from jumping into the trenches to fight for the future of this great state that I love. I will always be proud of what we were able to accomplish, with very limited resources, and in such a short period of time. There is no shame in having given this run a try. The causes for which I believe in, mainly a strong state economy with good paying jobs, affordable health care for Michiganders, fully funded education system and a renewed infrastructure, are not lessened by my leaving the race. Michigan is down right now, but I will always maintain that we can come back with strong leadership and sound policies. My passion and conviction is commensurate to the challenge we face, but at this point I am too physically, emotionally and financially spent to pursue these goals.
I want to thank everyone who believed in me and gave your support, I will be forever grateful to you. I wish for each and every one of you to enjoy great health and happiness.”
It’s hard to fault a Democrat for balking at running in a district hat has been gerrymandered to make it strong Republican, but at the same time it’s too late to withdraw so someone else can run. Ngalamulume’s name will still be on the ballot.