She was the first female mayor of Saline, and had served longer (1999-2012) than any other mayor before declining to run for re-election in 2012. Instead, Driskell, a Democrat, challenged Republican incumbent Mark Ouimet for the 52nd House district (northern and western suburban Washtenaw County areas outside Ann Arbor). She defeated Ouimet, receiving 26,646 votes (52.9%), while Ouimet received 23,609 votes (46.8%). and currently serves in the House.
- "Gretchen Driskell, Biography" on City of Saline website
- Stanton, Ryan (May 11, 2012). "Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell files to make campaign for Michigan House official". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
- "Canvas Report D52 State Representative". ewashtenaw.org. Nov. 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
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