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Slotkin takes US House District 8 in primary

Posted: 11:42 PM, Aug 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 03:42:18Z

Congressional Candidate Elissa Slotkin has won the democratic nomination for the states 8th District, which includes parts of Lansing and Howell.

Democrat Elissa Slotkin will face Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in what is expected to be a competitive race for a Michigan congressional district.

Slotkin -- who had U.S. intelligence, national security and defense roles during the Obama and Bush administrations -- beat Michigan State University professor Chris Smith in Tuesday's Democratic primary. The incumbent Bishop defeated business owner Lokesh Kumar in the GOP race.

Slotkin recently campaigned in Lansing and talked about her plan for government accountability.

It includes requiring candidates to have a public schedule, hold regular talks and town halls with constituents, and allow citizens to advise on policy issues.

She also wants campaign finance reform.

"This issue of campaign finance and money in politics undercuts every issue we're trying to make progress on" said Slotkin. "Everywhere I go in the district, people are talking to me about healthcare, prescription drugs, infrastructure. But there's this feeling that money in politics has bought our politicians because they're not advocating on the issues that people care about most."