John James Shares His Family Story In New Ad

This is the only country where you can go from slave to senator in four generations and poverty to prosperity in one’ James says

Livonia, Mich. – The John James for Senate campaign today released a new ad featuring James and his father, John A. James, and their family’s history overcoming the Jim Crow South to become a successful entrepreneur in Detroit.

“My dad, the storyteller—He told me how the son of a slave became the son of a sharecropper, the son of a sharecropper became a mason, and the son of a mason became an entrepreneur,” James says sitting alongside his father.

The ad is set to run statewide beginning on Tuesday.

“I’m proud to teach my sons that this is the only country where you can go from slave to Senator in four generations and poverty to prosperity in one,” James continues.

Last month James began a statewide tour, meeting with farmers, business owners and workers from Michigan’s neglected neighborhoods and forgotten farms to share his Prosperity Agenda and gain more insight on what can be done to expand opportunity across the state.

James is a Detroit businessman and combat veteran. He served as captain of two Apache helicopter platoons during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his military service, James joined the family business – an automotive logistics company – and helped the company grow and provide quality jobs in Detroit.

A full transcript of the ad can be found below:

JOHN E. JAMES: My dad, the storyteller. He told me how the son of a slave became the son of a sharecropper, the son of a sharecropper became a mason, and the son of a mason became an entrepreneur.”

JOHN A. JAMES: So you were listening. That’s our family story. I drilled it into his hard head.

JOHN E. JAMES: Yes, sir. You did. And I’m proud to teach my sons that this is the only country where you can go from slave to Senator in four generations and poverty to prosperity in one.

JOHN A. JAMES: Now, don’t mess up this race.

JOHN E. JAMES: We’re John James and we approve this message.

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