Michigan Farm Bureau’s political action committee, AgriPac, recently announced its selection of Pam Sossi to receive its “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement in the House of Representative’s special election in the Detroit-based 1st district. The seat was vacated earlier this year by former Rep. Brian Banks following his resignation.
Sossi is a Harper Woods resident located on Detroit’s eastside that since 2014 has owned and operated the Law Office of Pamela M. Sossi, PLLC. Her legal work focuses on administrative law, criminal, civil and business litigation in addition to serving as a misdemeanor and felony public defender in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.
As part of the Wayne County Farm Bureau’s evaluation and recommendation process, Sossi completed a questionnaire to help the organization understand her perspective and beliefs on issues important to agriculture including market access and infrastructure, workforce development and regulatory reform.
In her responses, Sossi talks about how local school systems are facing challenges educating and training youth that are then able to support Detroit’s changing economy.
“This has led to high levels of unemployment, and a constant migration of people out of Wayne County,” Sossi said. “It also leaves residents at a significant disadvantage when attempting to secure future employment, and significantly impacts the county's ability to attract and retain businesses.”
She added, “This can be solved by supporting vocational, career and technical education in Wayne County schools and community colleges. In addition, classroom programs and after school programs like 4-H and FFA that focus on job preparedness and academic achievement should be supported by government and community-based organizations.”
Sossi will face 10 other Democratic candidates in the primary election on August 8, and if successful, will appear on the November 7 general election ballot.
Since 1977, AgriPac has served as Michigan Farm Bureau's non-partisan voice in the electoral process, endorsing candidates for state and federal offices whose positions align with those of Michigan's farmers.