Editor's Note: This is one in a series of interviews and profiles we're airing about major and minor party candidates for Michigan's First Congressional District.
While the two major parties are getting most of the attention in this year's race for the First Congressional District, the smaller parties are still hopeful their presence will shake things up. Ellis Boal is one of those hoping to send a message to Washington. He's running with the Green Party, opposing a sulfide mine being built in the Yellow Dog Plains.
His background is primarily in labor law, practicing in Michigan since the early 1970's. He says that experience has prepared him well for public office.
Play the audio above to hear his chat with IPR's Tom Kramer.