Sara Swanson

Iraq War veteran announces run for State Senate

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Adam Dreher, candidate for Michigan Senate, 22nd District. Photo courtesy of Committee to elect Dreher

Howell-area attorney and decorated Iraq War veteran Adam Dreher has announced that he will run for the Democratic nomination for the 22nd district State Senate seat, The 22nd district, which includes Manchester and surrounding townships, is currently represented by Joe Hune, a real estate agent and exotic animal hobbyist from Fowelerville.

“The 22nd District needs a leader in the State Senate that will take care of the needs facing our families; not just the issues facing the rich people who pay for the campaigns of Republican lawmakers,” Dreher said.

“I will be the leader who fights to fund our schools, fix our roads, and protect our health care. Conservative Republican leadership has failed to fix these problems because it doesn’t serve us. It serves a handful of rich people instead. That will end when I am elected.”

Dreher, 33, is an assistant prosecuting attorney in Ionia County who lives in Oceola Township. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school in 2002, serving as a Cavalry Scout with the First Cavalry Division.

He credited his years in the military with instilling his desire for public service.

“The army really taught me how to be a leader. Leadership is more than just telling people what to do. The strongest leaders I saw were able to take the ideas from those around them, and put the best ones into action. It did not matter to them who received the credit because everyone received the benefits of that idea,” he said.

“It’s that type of leadership that is desperately needed in Lansing. That’s the type of leadership I will provide.”

Dreher was deployed to Iraq in 2004 with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, receiving an Army Commendation Medal for work in An Najaf and Al Fallujah.

In 2006, he was deployed, again to Iraq, with the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, serving in Baqubah in Diyala province.

Dreher, who grew up in Ypsilanti and graduated from Lincoln Consolidated Schools, returned to Ypsilanti after his honorable discharge in 2008.

He took advantage of G.I. Bill benefits to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan in 2010. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2014. He and his wife Rachel moved to Oceola Township in 2015. They have one son, Daxton, born in 2016.

Dreher is the only Democrat to announce for the 22nd State Senate nomination. The district covers all of Livingston County and the western two-thirds of Washtenaw County, including the townships of Lyndon, Dexter, Webster, Northfield, Sylvan, Lima, Scio, Sharon, Freedom, Lodi, Saline, and Bridgewater, Manchester, as well as the cities of Chelsea, Dexter, and the village of Manchester.

For more information or to volunteer, voters may like Dreher’s Facebook page, Adam Dreher for State Senate; visit his website at; or email him at

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