Adrian Tonon's Story

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Adrian’s inspiring and relentless pursuit to bring people together and provide a helping hand to those around him started when he was three years old, washing dishes in his grandparents restaurant on the west side of Detroit. Through the years, he has been instrumental in gathering community-minded people together to create solutions to issues facing our community like blight, lack of access to an equal education, public safety for everyone, and numerous other challenges. These uncommon alliances have resulted in action plans and cooperative bonds for the purpose of doing good work in our communities and across Michigan.

A first-generation American from an Italian-immigrant family, Adrian developed foundational skills in business and hospitality while working in his family restaurant, Café Cortina. He eventually joined his mother full-time and brought the restaurant to national and global renown. Adrian continued his work in the community mentoring youth, serving senior citizens, advocating for foster care reform, and co-founding a music label intended to champion entrepreneurial independence and equity for up-and-coming artists.
Still eager to serve and be immersed in his community, Adrian joined the campaign of now-Mayor Michael Duggan and helped him win a groundbreaking write-in campaign. He transitioned to the municipal government to help promote a world-class customer service and constituent affairs culture. Adrian was appointed the founding Director of Customer Service for the City of Detroit and later the city’s first 24-Hour Economy Ambassador or “night mayor” where he led a renaissance for Detroit, creating thousands of jobs at night. With an extensive track record of creating jobs in the private and public sectors, Adrian has a reputation of being accountable, reliable, and relentless.

Adrian continues to bridge the divide between government, community, and industry stakeholders to advocate for an equitable, inclusive, safe, and healthy Michigan.
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Building relationships.
Bridging community divides.
Ensuring everyone has a seat at the table.

democratic congress runner adrian tonon having a good time with Detroit rapper B Free

Why I'm Running

I'm running for Congress to build bridges and create a seat at the table for everyone. As a public servant and member of this community, I know that working together, we can make sure our best days are ahead of us. But we need to seize those opportunities for better schools, safer communities, and more jobs. In Congress, I'll put our community first and fight for it every chance I get.

A True Public Servant

Adrian's Achievements Throughout the Years

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Founding Director of Customer Service for the City of Detroit

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First 24-Hour Economy Ambassador for the City of Detroit where he created and saved thousands of jobs

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Family restaurant, Café Cortina, named Restaurant of the Year by Hour Detroit and Food Network's One of America's Top Restaurants

Endorsements

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